Rep. Hakeem Jeffries explains Trump's impeachment to Trump's lawyers, drops in Biggie Smalls reference

  
Via:  tessylo  •  one month ago  •  7 comments

By:   Peter Weber, The Week

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries explains Trump's impeachment to Trump's lawyers, drops in Biggie Smalls reference

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries explains Trump's impeachment to Trump's lawyers, drops in Biggie Smalls reference





Peter Weber


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Senate Republicans   rejected a series of amendments   proposed on behalf of House impeachment managers Tuesday, killing motions to subpoena Mick Mulvaney, John Bolton, and other potential witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial plus Ukraine-related records from the White House, State Department, Office of Management and Budget, and Pentagon.

The Democratic House impeachment managers took turns explaining why senators should want to see the new evidence, and it fell to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) to argue in favor of subpoenaing Mulvaney, Trump's acting chief of staff. "Even President Nixon, whose articles of impeachment included obstruction of Congress, did not block key White House aides from testifying in front of Congress,"   he said . "President Trump's complete and total obstruction makes Richard Nixon look like a choir boy."

But Jeffries also responded to a more fundamental challenged from Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow. "We don't hate this president, but we love the Constitution, we love America, we love our democracy," Jeffries said. "That's why we're here today. The question was asked by Mr. Sekulow as he opened before this distinguished body: 'Why are we here?'"

"We are here, sir, because President Trump pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political and personal gain. We are here, sir, because President Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election and corrupted our democracy," putting his personal interests over national security, then tried to cover it up, he added. "That is why we are here, Mr. Sekulow. If you don't know, now you know."


That last line was borrowed  from rapper Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G. Not everyone in the room got the reference. "Apparently not a lot of Biggie fans in the U.S. Senate,"  TalkingPointsMemo  reporter  Tierney Sneed tweeted . "I saw only Sens. [Brian] Schatz [D-Hawaii] and [Kirsten] Gillibrand [D-N.Y.] laugh at the line." But outside the chamber, there were a lot of nods.






If you didn't know, now you know.





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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    one month ago

The Democratic House impeachment managers took turns explaining why senators should want to see the new evidence, and it fell to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) to argue in favor of subpoenaing Mulvaney, Trump's acting chief of staff. "Even President Nixon, whose articles of impeachment included obstruction of Congress, did not block key White House aides from testifying in front of Congress,"      he said   . "President Trump's complete and total obstruction makes Richard Nixon look like a choir boy."

But Jeffries also responded to a more fundamental challenged from Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow. "We don't hate this president, but we love the Constitution, we love America, we love our democracy," Jeffries said. "That's why we're here today. The question was asked by Mr. Sekulow as he opened before this distinguished body: 'Why are we here?'"

"We are here, sir, because President Trump pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political and personal gain. We are here, sir, because President Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election and corrupted our democracy," putting his personal interests over national security, then tried to cover it up, he added. "That is why we are here, Mr. Sekulow. If you don't know, now you know."

 
 
 
bbl-1
3  bbl-1    one month ago

Trump's defense team has no interest in facts or justice.  Their only interest is protecting Trump and the continuing wealth concentration.

If Trump wins re-election, America will be remade.  And look for a Constitutional Convention to re-write the document should that occur.

 
 
 
MrFrost
4  MrFrost    one month ago

Jeffries knocked it out of the park. Clear, concise and factual. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
5  MrFrost    one month ago

So now we have three more days. Roughly 36 hours if McCnumbnuts sticks to his 12 hour day schedule. 

My question for trump's defense team is this:

After you have presented your defense of trump, what do you plan to do with the other 35 hours and 55 minutes? 

 
 
 
Split Personality
5.1  Split Personality  replied to  MrFrost @5    one month ago

We can all just watch the President's own admission in an endless loop....

https://twitter.com/i/status/1220041954852921344

“We Have All the Material. They Don’t Have the Material.”

 
 
 
MrFrost
5.1.1  MrFrost  replied to  Split Personality @5.1    one month ago

Mother jones is a good one to follow. 

 
 
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