POLITICO: '99 Biden Argued Against Witnesses In Impeachment Trial Memo

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Biden's 1999 4-page memo:

https://static.politico.com/1e/c3/c1f5b0e64288babbba06da2e401a/0247-001.pdf


IMPEACHMENT

Biden argued against witnesses in 1999 impeachment trial memo

The comments from the then-senator are at odds with current Democratic arguments.

By JOHN BRESNAHAN and BURGESS EVERETT

01/30/2020 08:36 PM EST

Updated: 01/30/2020 09:07 PM EST


In January 1999, then-Sen. Joe Biden argued strongly against the need to depose additional witnesses or seek new evidence in a memo sent to fellow Democrats ahead of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial.


Biden circulated the four-page document, titled “Arguments in Support of a Summary Impeachment Trial,” on Jan. 5, 1999. In his memo, obtained by POLITICO, Biden cited historical precedents from impeachment cases going back to the establishment of the Senate and asserted “The Senate need not hold a ‘full-blown’ trial.


“The Senate may dismiss articles of impeachment without holding a full trial or taking new evidence. Put another way, the Constitution does not impose on the Senate the duty to hold a trial,” Biden wrote at the time.


The Delaware Democrat added later: “In a number of previous impeachment trials, the Senate has reached the judgment that its constitutional role as a sole trier of impeachments does not require it to take new evidence or hear live witness testimony.”


Along with his son Hunter, Biden has become a primary target for Republicans in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Biden is also a frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.


https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/30/joe-biden-impeachment-witness-109730

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elvis

Ironic, no? You can't make this stuff up!

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foodonastump

“For some reason” you left out the part where he said he was open to witnesses if the House managers justified not having heard them prior. More importantly, “for some reason” you left out the hypocrisy that Republicans fought for additional witnesses and won. Oh and by the way, is Biden in front of the Senate arguing one way or the other?

”You can’t make this stuff up” Really? It’s a fairly standard case of arguing differently depending on which side you’re on.

Perhaps more “can’t make this stuff up” worthy is Sen Alexander saying no more witnesses needed to prove what was already proven. Thanks for admitting that, Senator!

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lurker111

What on Earth will the crats say when a bipartisan senate votes to acquit Trump after the unconstitutional house partisan poo-fest?

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foodonastump

Same thing they’ve been saying since day one. Since before, actually.

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lurker111

Poor things. You would think they were smart enough to know that won't do any good. Propaganda only works on the weak. The smear wipes right off and is easily flushed.

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foodonastump

Is that your way of saying you don’t want to engage in this conversation? You could just not post you know. It’s an option!

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lurker111

Brilliant!

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lurker111

POLITICO: '99 Biden Argued Against Witnesses In Impeachment Trial Memo

I'm sure he feels the same way now, with personal concerns.

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elvis

^^^That's for sure!

lurker111

What on Earth will the crats say when a bipartisan senate votes to acquit Trump after the unconstitutional house partisan poo-fest?

foodonastump

Same thing they’ve been saying since day one. Since before, actually.

Of course. That's all they've got until the next shiny object. Heaven help us all if they ever find out which shoe POTUS puts on first, what a scandal that would be.

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queenmargo

Meanwhile, a PSA;)


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