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Senators ‘Hail Mary’ vote to call witnesses, elongates America’s impeachment sham nightmare

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In a surprise move senators, including President Donald Trump’s close ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, voted in the 11th hour to call witnesses in the second impeachment trial against the former president. It is nothing but a ploy to buy more time because the Democrats and rhino Republicans know they have lost.

It has been an impeachment sham from the beginning. The majority of Americans are exhausted at the constant harassment of the former president, who did not incite the riot on January, 6 but merely spoke to his supporters on a day that tensions were already inflamed enough to lead to the tragic events that transpired.

I spoke to Trump’s Defense lawyer David Schoen before the trial. He said that the “idea for an impeachment trial for a former President no longer in office is unconstitutional for several reasons.But beyond the constitutional issues, this impeachment trial is perhaps the most ill-advised legislative act I have seen in my lifetime on every level.”

I absolutely agree with Schoen that it is “the weaponizing of a constitutional process for political purposes. It is the ultimate reflection of party over country.”

Schoen couldn’t be more right.

“And the political agenda has been clearly articulated – try to bar President Trump from ever running for public office again, thereby seeking to disenfranchise at least 75 million American voters,” he said. “That is an attack on a foundation of our Democracy.  This process in these facts is also a very very dangerous attack on the First Amendment and its sacred protection for free political speech.”

The call for witnesses Saturday is nothing more than a ‘Hail Mary’ by Democrats and never-Trump Senators. Maybe they are hoping they can buy time to get other Senators to vote against the president. One thing is certain, they knew that they didn’t have the votes to impeach the former president on Saturday. Instead, the selfish nature of these lawmakers kicks in and they will elongate America’s pain in their effort to target and destroy Trump. Why? They want to ensure that neither MAGA Americans, or anyone like Trump, ever attempts to disrupt the D.C. swamp again.

The vote was 55 to 45, including Graham and the other four usual Rhino suspects: Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse.

What was surprising was that Graham, the Republican from South Carolina, changed his vote to “aye” within the last minutes. According to reports it was to assist Trump’s lawyers in the event they have to call witnesses.

This is a trial where no crime exists and in which, an opposing political party is attempting to determine, distort and present a set of twisted and selective facts to a nation in order to rewrite history to punish the public.

The call to bring in witnesses began with manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, said he wants to subpoena Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington. Why? Because Beutler had said Friday that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy relayed to her that Trump had expressed sympathy for people who had shown up to hear him speak during the protest. It was allegedly a heated phone call between the McCarthy and Trump while the Jan. 6 attack was unfolding, according to reports.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had already said that he would vote to acquit Trump earlier in the morning. McConnell’s decision was leaked because earlier in the morning there was no indication that witnesses would be called, according to Fox News.

American’s are sick of these games. For more than four years, since President Trump was elected by the American people and even now that he is no longer in office, the left and Rhino Republicans have ripped the nation apart in an effort to destroy him.

It is literally a hate that is beyond comprehension and is it is destroying the fabric of our nation. Former senior federal law enforcement and intelligence officials trampled the Constitution, spied on Americans, opened a sham investigation into Trump, spreading false lies across the globe that he was in Russia’s pocket.

The lies have never ceased and the American people continue to suffer. This will not end in a good place – there is no reason to continue this sham and now they will make the jurors, the Senators, witnesses in a trial.

This trial is absolutely ridiculous. Where is the due process or have we just weaponized impeachment and thus, become a banana republic.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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