Dems can't give it up: Surprise vote to call witnesses
House managers must be feeling the heat from the hard left, which firmly controls the democratic party and the Biden administration.
The reason for this Hail Mary?
Answer: Progressive anger
Was that video montage of prominent Democrats' shockingly violent rhetoric for much of the last four years so devastating?
If democrats want to call witnesses, which they should have locked testimony in during the House impeachment, Republicans must also be able call lots & lots of witnesses. We are making history though. Nobody has seen anything like this unfold in US history. As of last week the stock market was doing well under the assumption that this whole farce would play out in one week. As for Joe Biden, he will have to wait for his covid-relief package or any legislation as well as appointments. Merrick Garland will again have to cool his heels.
Many thought todays Saturday session would be the day the Senate voted on whether to convict.
However, Representative Jamie Raskin, the lead House impeachment manager, said he wants to subpoena Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R., Wash.) after she said in a statement Friday night that House minority leader Kevin McCarthy told her that Trump had sided with the mob during a phone call the two had while the January 6 attack on the Capitol was underway. Thus a juror could become a witness too!
Democrats always overreach
The vote to allow witnesses was 55-45 and the door is now open for a long, long process.
(Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joined Democrats in voting to call witnesses)