Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie leads with a prediction (weird formatting and emboldening is theirs):
THIS WEEK WE’LL SEE KINETIC ACTION on impeachment for the first time in a while. And here’s what you can expect:
— THE HOUSE will come into session tonight, but the weekly caucus meeting will be TUESDAY morning. It is there that Speaker NANCY PELOSI will discuss the next steps on impeachment with House Democrats. We anticipate a vote to send the impeachment articles and name the managers sometime Tuesday or Wednesday.
— ONCE THE SENATE GETS THE ARTICLES, expect three or four days of housekeeping and logistical work before the trial actually begins.
— SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL anticipates keeping the Senate in SIX DAYS A WEEK until impeachment is over. In closed meetings, McConnell has been pressed on this, and he’s been consistent that he wants to keep the chamber in all week, save Sundays — in line with the Senate’s guidelinesfor impeachment. MLK Day is also probably an off-day.
— IN RECENT DAYS, MCCONNELL allies have told us multiple times that we should expect a robust conversation in the Senate GOP about calling witnesses in the trial. We’ll see just how robust the debate is, and what the rules call for.
IF THIS TRIAL DOES MIRROR BILL CLINTON’S in its rules, the opportunity to call witnesses will come after the presentation of the trial and the senators’ questioning of both sides. This makes the managers incredibly important for those seeking witnesses.
I don’t have a crystal ball, but it seems unlikely that the same day that Nancy Pelosi “discusses the next steps” will give the committees enough time to lob the thing over the transom to the Senate.
The trial can’t begin until the House passes a resolution naming the impeachment managers. That’s Nadler’s job, and he will undoubtedly be lobbied by everyone and his dawg for one of those spots (Side bet: he will name himself and Adam Schiff, so the other spots are really the only ones unknown at this point), but he will take his time. And then the Articles of Impeachment goes to #MoscowMitch for his tender mercies.
Anyway, I’m betting that this thing doesn’t get any “Kinetic Action” (Hawt!) until after MLK Day, even if Pelosi does push the button tomorrow.
But, our Stable Jenius is taking things well in stride:
Many believe that by the Senate giving credence to a trial based on the no evidence, no crime, read the transcripts, “no pressure” Impeachment Hoax, rather than an outright dismissal, it gives the partisan Democrat Witch Hunt credibility that it otherwise does not have. I agree!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
The “many” being the voices in his head. He’s going buggy.