Sorry, Joe, it’s doomed -- you're going to have to vote on the articles of impeachment
Senator Manchin has proposed censuring President Trump rather than impeaching him. (See previous post.) Here’s more evidence from The Hill that it’s not going to happen:
Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), asked if there was an appetite for a potential censure, said, “No. Zero.”
A spokesman for McConnell declined to answer a question . . .
Why? To "unite across party lines"? I don't think that it's going to happen, Senator
From the Washington Post this evening:
Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), a moderate who is friendly with the White House, on Monday asked his colleagues to consider censuring President Trump as the Senate moves toward votes on impeachment.
“I do believe a bipartisan majority of this body would vote to censure President Trump . . .
Joe Manchin wants witnesses
In an interview this afternoon, Joe Manchin told Fox News that he wants to hear from witnesses:
"I don't know how I go home to West Virginia and explain that I had to make a decision in a trial, the most important thing that I have ever done or will ever do as an elected official, an . . .
Breaking the law and accumulating wealth
Send in the clowns? (Crashing a congressional hearing)
You’re now probably familiar with Wednesday’s story of how a group of Republican representatives stormed a restricted-access impeachment committee meeting. Here’s the New York Times account:
House Republicans ground the impeachment inquiry to a halt for hours on . . .
Ah, we already knew that, Joe. Your office says that you don’t own an assault weapon
From producer/off-air reporter Frank Thorp at NBC News:
FYI, per his office, Sen Manchin does NOT own an AR-type weapon, so Beto's buyback program wouldn't affect him. https://t.co/Gqw4uPy7Ah— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 18, 2019
That didn’t keep rightwing media from making this a big deal. Here's the headline from . . .
Manchin/Trump on background checks, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jerry West, and Trump’s West Virginia approval rating
WV Senator Manchin meets with Trump on background checks
From today’s New York Times:
President Trump assured Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, on Thursday that he was still considering legislation that could include background checks for gun buyers. But White House aides said they had polling data . . .
President Trump on August 9: "On background checks, we have tremendous support for really common-sense, sensible, important background checks."
After the deaths at Sandy Hook in 2013, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin co-sponsored an amendment to expand background checks only to see his efforts fail as only 54 senators (out of the 60 needed) supported his amendment. Two days ago, on Face the Nation, he discussed working with Trump’s staff on passing similar background . . .