Ted Vaill: There will be no March Madness to distract us, or a concert or play that we absolutely cannot miss. We are stuck at home, wondering what to do.
Ted Vaill: If this impeachment trial fails to result in his conviction and removal from office, there is always next time, and that time could be in two months or so, after John Bolton’s book is out in March.
Ted Vaill: Former Senator Jeff Flake stated, prior to his retirement, that if the roll call in the Senate was done in secret and not in full public view, 35 of the 53 Republican Senators would vote “guilty”, and Trumputin would be convicted and removed from office.
Ted Vaill: Will some of the 22 Republican Senators who are up for reelection in 2020 or retiring have the courage to stand up for the Constitution and the country and allow a real, not a fake impeachment proceeding to be held?
Ted Vaill: If “Moscow Mitch” tries to get the trial dismissed before it even begins, some Republican Senators (especially those 18 up for re-election) might object and vote against such dismissal.
Ted Vaill: Some of the attendees at the Convention defined it as “any abuse of power by the President in the execution of his office”, but Franklin characterized it as a High Crime and Misdemeanor if the President was “Obnoxious”.
Ted Vaill: he testimony is slowly unfolding which is proving that President Trumputin orchestrated, through his aides, a monstrous bribery/extortion scandal which would also be considered treason if we had been waging a war declared by Congress against Russia.
Ted Vaill: Roy Cohn taught The Don not to write anything down, and to operate entirely through loyal subordinates, giving him “deniability”.
Ted Vaill: This is more correctly called “bribery”, which involves a government official getting (or as in this case asking) for something of value in return for doing something beneficial to the other party . That is an impeachable offense.
Ted Vaill: So my family has much invested in this country, and we are disgusted with what our President, Donald Drumpf, is doing to it.
Ted Vaill: This past week, when I met with him, I told him, among other things, that if he is the Democratic nominee, and faces Trump in the 2020 election, “Brooklyn always trumps Queens.”
Ted Vaill: I thought I would use my 50+ years as a lawyer, prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, to provide some guidance to our elected representatives in their moment of glory.
Ted Vaill: This history is recounted as a possible predictor of what will happen if (and after) Donald Trump is impeached.