Key Senate Democrat says Trump team made 'persuasive' argument against obstruction article

  
Via:  Just Jim NC TttH  •  5 months ago  •  9 comments

By:   Christal Hayes, USA TODAY

Key Senate Democrat says Trump team made 'persuasive' argument against obstruction article
Sen. Doug Jones, a key Senate Democrat considered one of the chamber's most endangered senators going into the 2020 race, found some of the arguments made by President Donald Trump's counsel "persuasive" and highlighted concerns he has over the second article of impeachment.

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Jones, D-Ala., in a brief interview with USA TODAY Monday evening, said he's taken about 240 pages worth of notes so far throughout the trial. He says he's made stars next to key arguments and acknowledged he's wrestling over whether he will find the president guilty or vote to acquit him — a decision that would almost certainly hang over his future in the Senate. 
"He did make some good points on a couple of things on factual issues that I've got concerns about with, especially with regard to Article II," Jones said of the arguments made by Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump's counsel defending him during the trial. 

Jones' vote on impeachment likely won't determine Trump's fate. To remove the president from office, a supermajority of 67 senators would have to vote to convict the president.
Currently, Republicans hold the majority in the chamber with 53 seats. To oust the president, Democrats would need the full support of their caucus along with 20 Republicans. Without Jones, that number would increase to 21.

But, his vote will likely carry over to the campaign trail. Jones narrowly won his seat in 2017 after defeating Roy Moore, who faced a series of sexual assault allegations. Jones' win made him the first Democratic senator to represent deep-red Alabama in 25 years.
But in 2020, Jones faces an uphill battle as he fends off Republicans, including Jeff Sessions, who held the seat before serving as Trump's attorney general. 
More: Democratic Sen. Doug Jones may vote against convicting Trump in impeachment if 'dots aren't connected'
Jones said that Dershowitz's arguments Monday that the founding fathers would have found both articles of impeachment in violation of the Constitution because they are not specifically mentioned did not carry water with him. "I'm sorry, I just don't buy that," he said. 
As a whole, Jones said he found the president's counsel did a good job with the case against convicting the president of obstruction of justice, the second article of impeachment House Democrats charged Trump with. He found the argument on Article I, abuse of power, less persuasive. 

 "I think the arguments they're making on Article II are much more persuasive than Article I," he said. "And Article I, they're focusing solely on the [July 25th call] transcript and there's so much more to the story than the transcript, and they continue to talk about cross-examination of witnesses but yet they continue to block witnesses that have first-hand knowledge. That's disingenuous."

The remarks indicate that Jones has left the door open to splitting his vote on the pair of impeachment articles. When asked about the possibility, Jones did not deny it but said he was viewing each article separately.

"I try to keep these separate," he explained. "My training as a judge is saying, each count stands on its own. And that's how I'm trying to continue to look at this."
But, Jones said, he has yet to make up his mind on how he will vote.
"I ask myself a lot of questions and I'll go back, I'll argue with myself a lot tonight," he said with a smile. "It's the way I do things."

While Jones continues to wrestle over his vote, which could happen as early as late this week or early next week, he has joined the rest of his Senate Democratic colleagues in supporting additional witnesses testifying as part of the trial. At the top of his list? John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, and Mick Mulvaney, Trump's acting chief of staff. 


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Just Jim NC TttH
1  seeder  Just Jim NC TttH    5 months ago

OMG a Dem with an open mind?............

This article is going to bring angst from the Never folks.

Rules of civility apply. The seed is about a Congressman who may be on the fence. Stick to the topic.

 
 
 
Tacos!
1.1  Tacos!  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1    5 months ago
OMG a Dem with an open mind?

It's a shame that anybody feels that a certain vote is owed based on party affiliation. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
1.2  Ronin2  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1    5 months ago

Not an open mind; but an absolute fear of losing his seat come election time.

He is weighing the dangers of going against the Democratic Party; or losing his seat- which renders the danger of going against the Party moot. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1    5 months ago

What argument?

 
 
 
Tacos!
2  Tacos!    5 months ago
"I think the arguments they're making on Article II are much more persuasive than Article I,"

I think that's fair. Article I is a much closer call than Article II. Article II is a joke.

 
 
 
Ronin2
2.1  Ronin2  replied to  Tacos! @2    5 months ago

Both articles are a joke.

If the Democrats vote to impeach on article one- stand by for Republicans to impeach the next Democrat to hold the WH for the same thing.

Obama could have been impeached for abuse of power several times over. The Libyan War; reinserting troops back into Iraq; inserting troops into Syria (and arming/training Syrian rebels); extra judicial drone killings in countries we are not at war with- including of 2 US citizens w/o trail; DACA; his abuse of EO's and EA's with the EPA; his EP of Holder and Holder's wife over Fast and Furious. Just to name a few. All were extreme overreaches of executive power. Easily relabeled as abuse of power.

 
 
 
Tacos!
2.1.1  Tacos!  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1    5 months ago
If the Democrats vote to impeach on article one- stand by for Republicans to impeach the next Democrat to hold the WH for the same thing.

No question. An insane standard is being proposed.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3  Vic Eldred    5 months ago

Jones won the seat he now has thanks to a political stunt by the Washington Post. His chances for re-election are close to zero, that is unless he starts voting like his constituents would want. Alabama voter's virtue was put to a test in the election in which they grudgingly voted for Jones. The people of Alabama are watching!

 
 
 
Heartland American
3.1  Heartland American  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    5 months ago

I hope he votes to acquit on both counts.  His voting record doesn’t come close to the views of a majority of the people of Alabama so I hope he doesn’t win re election no matter how he votes on conviction Wednesday.

 
 
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