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I’M CHRIS MATHEWS UP IN NEW I’M CHRIS MATHEWS UP IN NEW YORK YORK TONIGHT ON THE EVE OF THE TONIGHT ON THE EVE OF THE PRESIDENT’S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL, PRESIDENT’S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL, THE COUNTRY IS BRACING FOR THE COUNTRY IS BRACING FOR IMPACT IMPACT JUST IN THE LAST HOUR, LAWMAKERS JUST IN THE LAST HOUR, LAWMAKERS RECEIVED THE PROPOSED RULES FOR RECEIVED THE PROPOSED RULES FOR THE TRIAL FROM MAJORITY LEADER THE TRIAL FROM MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL

MITCH McCONNELL THIS ONE KEY TAKE AWAY HERE THIS ONE KEY TAKE AWAY HERE McCONNELL PLANS TO RUSH THIS McCONNELL PLANS TO RUSH THIS TRIAL TRIAL

YOU BET IT YOU BET IT ACCORDING TO THE RESOLUTION, ACCORDING TO THE RESOLUTION, McCONNELL INTENDS TO CRAM 24 McCONNELL INTENDS TO CRAM 24 HOURS OF ARGUMENTS INTO TWO HOURS OF ARGUMENTS INTO TWO DAYS DAYS THAT’S 12 HOURS A DAY PER SIDE THAT’S 12 HOURS A DAY PER SIDE HERE, RATHER THAN THREE DAYS AS HERE, RATHER THAN THREE DAYS AS WAS DONE DURING BILL CLINTON’S WAS DONE DURING BILL CLINTON’S IMPEACHMENT

IMPEACHMENT WHILE THE TIME SERGIO GARCIA WHILE THE TIME SERGIO GARCIA STILL FLUID, OPENING ARGUMENTS STILL FLUID, OPENING ARGUMENTS COULD CONCLUDE AS EARLY AS THIS COULD CONCLUDE AS EARLY AS THIS SATURDAY WHICH MEANS THAT THE SATURDAY WHICH MEANS THAT THE VOTE ON HAVING WITNESSES TESTIFY VOTE ON HAVING WITNESSES TESTIFY UNDER McCONNELL’S RULES WOULD UNDER McCONNELL’S RULES WOULD COME IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK COME IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK IN ANOTHER BREAK WITH BRES DENT, IN ANOTHER BREAK WITH BRES DENT, THE RULES PROVIDED THE EVIDENCE THE RULES PROVIDED THE EVIDENCE COLLECTED BY THE HOUSE WON’T BE COLLECTED BY THE HOUSE WON’T BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD UNTIL ENTERED INTO THE RECORD UNTIL AFTER THAT VOTE AFTER THAT VOTE

IN OTHER WORDS, UNTIL THEY DO IN OTHER WORDS, UNTIL THEY DO HAVE A VOTE ON WHETHER TO BRING HAVE A VOTE ON WHETHER TO BRING WITNESSES IN WITNESSES IN IN A SHARP REBUKE TO THAT IDEA IN A SHARP REBUKE TO THAT IDEA BY McCONNELL, SENATE DEMOCRATIC BY McCONNELL, SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER SAID IN A LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER SAID IN A STATEMENT, SENATOR McCONNELL’S STATEMENT, SENATOR McCONNELL’S RESOLUTION IS NOTHING SHORT OF A RESOLUTION IS NOTHING SHORT OF A NATIONAL DISGRACE NATIONAL DISGRACE McCONNELL IS SAYING HE DOESN’T McCONNELL IS SAYING HE DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR ANY OF THE EXISTING WANT TO HEAR ANY OF THE EXISTING EVIDENCE AND HE DOESN’T WANT TO EVIDENCE AND HE DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR ANY NEW EVIDENCE

HEAR ANY NEW EVIDENCE SCHUMER IS PROMISING TO FORCE SCHUMER IS PROMISING TO FORCE EARLIER VOTES RIGHT UP FRONT ON EARLIER VOTES RIGHT UP FRONT ON WHETHER WE HAVE WITNESSES OR NOT WHETHER WE HAVE WITNESSES OR NOT USING MOTIONS TO AMEND USING MOTIONS TO AMEND TOMORROW’S RESOLUTION ON THE TOMORROW’S RESOLUTION ON THE RULES RULES AND ALL THIS — AMID ALL THIS, AND ALL THIS — AMID ALL THIS, TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM TODAY TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM TODAY SUBMITTED A BRIEF COIN ON THE SUBMITTED A BRIEF COIN ON THE SENATE TO SPEEDILY REJECT THE SENATE TO SPEEDILY REJECT THE CHARGES AND ACQUIT THE CHARGES AND ACQUIT THE PRESIDENT PRESIDENT

IT SEEMS LIKE THE PRESIDENT AND IT SEEMS LIKE THE PRESIDENT AND THE REPUBLICANS AND THE SENATE THE REPUBLICANS AND THE SENATE ARE RACING WHO CAN BE THE ARE RACING WHO CAN BE THE FASTEST TO GET THIS OVER WITH FASTEST TO GET THIS OVER WITH THEY CLAIM THE PRESIDENT DID THEY CLAIM THE PRESIDENT DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG, THE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG, THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS WHITE HOUSE SAYS THE NEWLY INVENTED ABUSE OF THE NEWLY INVENTED ABUSE OF POWER THEORY COLLAPSES BECAUSE POWER THEORY COLLAPSES BECAUSE IT FAILS TO ALLEGE ANY VIOLATION IT FAILS TO ALLEGE ANY VIOLATION OF LAW WHATSOEVER

OF LAW WHATSOEVER WELL, THE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT WELL, THE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS TODAY CALLED THAT AN MANAGERS TODAY CALLED THAT AN UNCONVINCING AND IMPLAUSIBLE UNCONVINCING AND IMPLAUSIBLE DEFENSE DEFENSE IN THEIR RESPONSE THEY WRITE IN THEIR RESPONSE THEY WRITE THAT THE PRESIDENT MAINTAINS THAT THE PRESIDENT MAINTAINS THAT THE SENATE CANNOT REMOVE THAT THE SENATE CANNOT REMOVE HIM EVEN IF THE HOUSE PROVES HIM EVEN IF THE HOUSE PROVES EVERY CLAIM IN THE ARTICLES OF EVERY CLAIM IN THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT IMPEACHMENT

THAT’S A SHOWING ASSERTION, ALSO THAT’S A SHOWING ASSERTION, ALSO DEAD WRONG DEAD WRONG I’M JOINED BY DEMOCRATIC I’M JOINED BY DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN OF ILLINOIS, MEMBER CONGRESSMAN OF ILLINOIS, MEMBER OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE COMMITTEE FORMER SENATOR BARBARA BOXER, FORMER SENATOR BARBARA BOXER, HOST OF THE BOXER PODCAST

HOST OF THE BOXER PODCAST JEFF BENNETT, NBC NEWS JEFF BENNETT, NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT CORRESPONDENT JEFF, I WANT YOU TO START HERE JEFF, I WANT YOU TO START HERE

WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THESE WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THESE PROPOSED RULES BY MITCH PROPOSED RULES BY MITCH McCONNELL RIGHT OFF THE BAT? McCONNELL RIGHT OFF THE BAT? >> WELL, THE SENATE MAJORITY >> WELL, THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, CHRIS, HAS ENVISIONED A LEADER, CHRIS, HAS ENVISIONED A TRIAL HERE THAT MEETS THE NEEDS TRIAL HERE THAT MEETS THE NEEDS OF HIS KEY CONSTITUENCIES OF HIS KEY CONSTITUENCIES YOU HAVE THE REPUBLICAN IN THE YOU HAVE THE REPUBLICAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE BEHIND ME AND OF WHITE HOUSE BEHIND ME AND OF COURSE THOSE REPUBLICANS IN COURSE THOSE REPUBLICANS IN MITCH McCONNELL’S SENATE MITCH McCONNELL’S SENATE CONFERENCE CONFERENCE THE MAJORITY OF WHICH HE NEEDS THE MAJORITY OF WHICH HE NEEDS TO KEEP

TO KEEP THAT IS, HIS CORE GOAL HERE THAT IS, HIS CORE GOAL HERE HE HAS DEVISED A SCHEDULE THAT HE HAS DEVISED A SCHEDULE THAT WILL LEAD TO A FAST AND WILL LEAD TO A FAST AND FORGETTABLE SENATE TRIAL, RIGHT FORGETTABLE SENATE TRIAL, RIGHT

THAT CERTAINLY IS THE THING THAT THAT CERTAINLY IS THE THING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NOW SIGNALLED THAT HE WANTS, EVEN SIGNALLED THAT HE WANTS, EVEN THOUGH PRESIDENT TRUMP INITIALLY THOUGH PRESIDENT TRUMP INITIALLY SAID HE WANTED A SPECTACLE WITH SAID HE WANTED A SPECTACLE WITH HUNTER BIDEN AND THE HUNTER BIDEN AND THE WHISTLE-BLOWER AND ALL THESE WHISTLE-BLOWER AND ALL THESE DIFFERENT KIND OF FOLKS ON THE DIFFERENT KIND OF FOLKS ON THE SENATE FLOOR TELLING WHAT THEY SENATE FLOOR TELLING WHAT THEY KNOW KNOW I THINK WHAT’S INTERESTING HERE I THINK WHAT’S INTERESTING HERE IS IN THIS RESOLUTION THERE IS A IS IN THIS RESOLUTION THERE IS A MECHANISM TO BRING WITNESSES MECHANISM TO BRING WITNESSES FORWARD FOR TESTIMONY AFTER BOTH FORWARD FOR TESTIMONY AFTER BOTH SIDES PRESENT THE OPENING SIDES PRESENT THE OPENING ARGUMENT ARGUMENT SO THE HOUSE MANAGERS GO FIRST, SO THE HOUSE MANAGERS GO FIRST, THE WHITE HOUSE PRESENTS A THE WHITE HOUSE PRESENTS A REBUTTAL

REBUTTAL AFTER THAT, AFTER A PERIOD BY AFTER THAT, AFTER A PERIOD BY WHICH THE SENATORS THEMSELVES WHICH THE SENATORS THEMSELVES SUBMIT QUESTIONS, THAT IS WHEN SUBMIT QUESTIONS, THAT IS WHEN YOU GET THIS VOTE ON THE YOU GET THIS VOTE ON THE WITNESSES WITNESSES THERE IS ALSO NOT IN THIS THERE IS ALSO NOT IN THIS RESOLUTION A MOTION TO DISMISS RESOLUTION A MOTION TO DISMISS

THAT IS ONE OF THE KEY CONCERNS THAT IS ONE OF THE KEY CONCERNS THAT DEMOCRATS HAD THAT DEMOCRATS HAD THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY, THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY, I’M TOLD HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY I’M TOLD HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI DELAYED THE TRANSMISSION PELOSI DELAYED THE TRANSMISSION OF THESE ARTICLES OF OF THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, BECAUSE THERE WAS A IMPEACHMENT, BECAUSE THERE WAS A LOT OF HAND WRINGING ABOUT THIS LOT OF HAND WRINGING ABOUT THIS MOTION TO DISMISS, WHICH IS NOT MOTION TO DISMISS, WHICH IS NOT IN THIS RESOLUTION IN THIS RESOLUTION ONE OF THE REASONS WHY IN THAT ONE OF THE REASONS WHY IN THAT CALENDAR YOU LAID OUT, WHY THE CALENDAR YOU LAID OUT, WHY THE WHITE HOUSE, ACCORDING TO THIS WHITE HOUSE, ACCORDING TO THIS SCHEDULE, WOULD WRAP UP THEIR SCHEDULE, WOULD WRAP UP THEIR OPENING ARGUMENT BY SATURDAY, WE OPENING ARGUMENT BY SATURDAY, WE HAVE SOME NEW REPORTING ON THAT

HAVE SOME NEW REPORTING ON THAT OUR COLLEAGUE HYDER PRZYBYLA OUR COLLEAGUE HYDER PRZYBYLA SAYS IT’S BECAUSE REPUBLICANS SAYS IT’S BECAUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO HAVE THE WHITE HOUSE WANT TO HAVE THE WHITE HOUSE GIVE THEIR VERSION OF EVENTS IN GIVE THEIR VERSION OF EVENTS IN TIME FOR THE SUNDAY SHOWS TIME FOR THE SUNDAY SHOWS SO CERTAINLY ALL OF THE SO CERTAINLY ALL OF THE POLITICAL CALCULUS HERE IN THIS POLITICAL CALCULUS HERE IN THIS 2020 ELECTION YEAR IS CERTAINLY

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