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Senate Won’t Call More Witnesses; Only Collins, Romney Break With GOP Ranks

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The Senate voted against seeking new evidence in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, sending the process into the final stages that’s all but certain to end with the eventual acquittal of the president.

The 51-49 vote, one of the most consequential of the trial, fell mostly along party lines. Two Republicans– Maine Sen.Susan Collins and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney– joined all 47 Senate Democrats and independents in voting for additional testimony and documents. Two Republicans who had considered voting for witnesses — Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski — voted against the motion.

With that crucial vote over, the Senate recessed for the two parties to plan their strategy for the trial’s final phases. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers will “now confer among ourselves, with the House managers, and with the president’s counsel to determine next steps as we prepare to conclude the trial in the coming days.”

And on Fiday night, reports emerged that Republican senators are now aiming for a final vote on the articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday.  Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of GOP leadership, said Democrats have agreed to the plan.

That would put the resolution of the case just after Trump’s State of the Union speech, set for Tuesday.

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said that with the decision not to seek more evidence in the trial, the Senate “turned away from truth and went along with a sham trial.“

“America will remember this day, unfortunately, when the Senate did not live up to its responsibilities,” Schumer said. “If the president is acquitted with no witnesses and no documents then the acquittal has no value.”

Democrats want to ensure that all senators get the chance to publicly declare on the Senate floor the rationale for their votes before the final tally on Trump’s guilt or innocence. With 67 votes needed to convict Trump in the GOP-led chamber, the president is expect to be easily acquitted.

“We feel strongly that this needs to be a fair trial and that each member gets an opportunity to say how they feel and say how they came to their decision,” Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a member of Democratic leadership, said.

‘No Fair Trial’

The outcome of the vote on witnesses was sealed when Murkowski announced Friday that she would vote against bringing in new evidence. She was one of the last Republicans who remained publicly uncommitted.

“I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate,” Murkowski said. “I don’t believe the continuation of this process will change anything. It is sad for me to admit that, as an institution, the Congress has failed.”

The vote on witnesses came on the same day the New York Times reported that former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton wrote in an unpublished manuscript that the president directed his aides in May to help pressure Ukrainian officials to dig up damaging information on a Democratic rival.

That was two months before Trump asked Ukraine’s president in a phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, who had served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. And one of the officials present during the May discussion, according to Bolton, was White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who is leading the defense team.

Bolton was one of the main witnesses Democrats wanted to call in the trial, and he had said he’d be willing to testify under subpoena. An earlier revelation from his manuscript — that Trump directly linked the release of military aid for Ukraine to help with digging up dirt on Democrats — had GOP leaders scrambling to head off the chance that Democrats would get four Republican senators to agree with them.

Final Appeal

Rep. Adam Schiff, who is leading the House impeachment managers, cited the Times report in his final appeal to Republicans to call new witnesses in the trial. He said the presence of Cipollone in the meeting made him a fact witnesses to the events at the heart of the impeachment charges.

“There is a new fact which indicates that Mr. Cipollone was among those who were in the loop, yet another reason why we ought to hear from witnesses,” Schiff said Friday.

The vote may have political ramifications for senators up for re-election in 2020. Democrats accused Republicans of attempting to “cover up” Trump’s alleged crimes, and they have vowed to remind voters in November of how their senators voted on the matter.

A Quinnipiac University poll published this week found that 75% of respondents favored witnesses in the Senate trial, including 49% of Republicans.

Four Republican senators facing tough re-election campaigns this year — Cory Gardner of Colorado, Martha McSally of Arizona, Joni Ernst of Iowa, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina — all voted against calling new witnesses.

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Anna Paulina Luna: Discipline, Duty, and a Commitment to Country Before Politics

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by EMMA JIMENEZ

 

Anna Paulina Luna, a conservative political activist and Air Force veteran, is running for US Congress in 2020 for Florida’s 13th Congressional district against incumbent Democrat Rep. Charlie Crist, whose current term ends on January 3, 2021. Luna is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Republican primary on August 18, 2020.

Raised by a single mother of three in the low-income neighborhoods of Southern California, Luna grew up in a life of poverty as the daughter of an absentee father who struggled with drug addiction. The challenges Luna faced during her childhood did not stop her from wanting to aim high, fight, and win. At just nineteen years of age, she made the bold decision to enlist in the United States Air Force. Serving in the military helped Luna develop strength and courage. It also provided the structure she lacked in her early family life, and it enabled her to earn a steady income to support her family financially and to seek professional help for her father. Luna has spoken of the humility she gained while in the Air Force from working closely with people from all walks of life toward a common goal. She thanks her military experience for her success in life today.

Additionally, Luna was able to attend college through her military service and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of West Florida. She had always dreamed about becoming a doctor so she could help support her family and accomplish her ultimate goal of opening a clinic for low-income patients. When she was accepted into medical school, a doctor and mentor told Luna she could help more people in politics than as a doctor because she would have a bigger impact on people’s health care through legislation. As a result, Luna turned down the opportunity to attend medical school because she feared the direction the country was headed. She decided at that moment to put aside ten years of effort in becoming a doctor to instead serve her country by entering the ring in what could be the fight of her life—defeating an incumbent, entrenched democrat in the world of politics.

Sought out by PragerU and Turning Point USA, Anna Paulina Luna is a fast learner who has soaked in facts, statistics, and policies while quickly developing public speaking skills and amassing a large number of contacts, supporters, and channels to create her path to Washington.

 

If elected, Luna will do the following:

  • Solidify and expand conservative outreach to Hispanics and or/Latinos nationally
  • Advocate for the national reciprocity of concealed carry gun permits
  • Bring back school choice and return control of education to the states
  • Advocate for completing the border wall and securing America’s border

 

Luna’s commitment to her country is represented by the oath she took to defend the United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. She believes there is no greater honor than to serve your country- in fact, she shared with Politifix News that serving her country was an honor, not an obligation. She further stated that by serving her country, she was also serving humanity as a whole.

Luna is concerned that our country’s freedoms are slowly being dismantled by left-wing politicians who wish to strip Americans of their individual freedoms in their ultimate quest for greater power and control. She believes that government should be limited—not expanded. To Luna, limiting the power of government prevents excessive control over people’s freedoms, actions, and lives.

In Luna’s own words, “Our constitutional rights as Americans aren’t secure if they are continuously being violated by politicians who only wish to extend their political power over Americans’ individual freedoms.”

Luna sees herself as a non-politician—one not controlled by special interests but who cherishes the opportunity to serve her district as well as her country once more. She’s ready to fight for our “God-given rights,” as she boldly expressed. Overcoming significant obstacles during her early years made her want to keep fighting, not just for herself but also for others.

Luna is a fighter. She’s focused, committed, and resilient. She will not give up and will always fight for what is right.

 

For more information on Anna Paulina Luna and to support her run for Congress, please visit her official webpage.

 

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Meet TX Congressional Candidate: Fabian Cordova Vasquez

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by EMMA JIMENEZ

Fabian Cordova Vasquez is a Texas native and third generation Hispanic American. He is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Texas’ 33rd Congressional District. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020 and is running against incumbent Democrat Marc Veasey. Veasey’s current term ends on January 3, 2021. Vasquez identifies himself as a God fearing, conservative Christian not controlled by special interests, compelled by a higher calling to serve. He is running on a conservative platform of faith, family and freedom.

Vasquez has gained recognition for his charitable work with his local community through actively serving the homeless through his local church, Refuge Church Fort Worth, TX. The Vasquez campaign committee stands by their campaign motto, “We Get To Serve!”

Vasquez shared with Politifix news how government dependency is currently an issue plaguing Americans today. To him government dependency programs take away from an individual’s potential to thrive on their own merits.

“It is our responsibility as Christians to be generous and to want to help others. It is not the government’s responsibility to force us to be generous to help others. This is what liberals get wrong,” stated Vasquez.

Vasquez expressed with Politifix News how Christianity is currently under attack and that the very survival of Christianity today will depend on the spiritual strength of “true-believers.”

“We live in a hostile and chaotic culture that glorifies sin. Christians should fight as hard for religious liberty as they do for political expression” expressed Vasquez.

Abortion is a controversial topic amongst Republicans and Democrats. Vasquez stated that abortion itself is “diabolical,” and should not be encouraged.

 

“It’s murder! Plain and simple.” exclaimed Vasquez.

 

To Vasquez the life of an innocent child should be protected at all costs. Although, Vazquez is sympathetic to cases in which rape and incest are involved, he stated they make up approximately 1% of reasons listed for getting an abortion in the U.S. and should not be the to go argument to justify the “slaughter,” of the other 99% of abortion cases.

“Abortion is not the pathway to the healing process and it should not be encouraged. Rape survivors need compassion and support not abortion” stated Vasquez.

“As a country that stands for freedom for all, Christians should not have to continue to be told to keep their personal convictions silent. If you’re not willing to stand up and fight for what you believe in then you’re only inviting more persecution and amplifying evil,” expressed Vasquez.

Vasquez shared the following bible verse with Politifix News:

 

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV

 

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

 

For more information on Fabian Cordova Vasquez visit his webpage

 

www.fcv2020.com

 

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Meet Luke Negron: The Young Wolf of Politics Discusses BLM and Police Brutality

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 by EMMA JIMENEZ

 

Luke Negron is a conservative political activist and Air Force veteran, running for election to the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District against incumbent Democrat Michael Doyle. He is on the ballot for the general election on November 3, 2020. Negron identifies himself as a non-politician, one not controlled by special interests and who seeks to restore law and order if elected to congress.

Politifix News interviewed Negron on the latest riots in the wake of the death of George Floyd and how they have caused tensions amongst the black community and law enforcement. Negron expressed that he is sympathetic towards the emotions of the black community in regards to police brutality but he condemns the riots and looting being perpetrated by BLM supporters.

Negron stated the following with Politifix News:

“It is important to distinguish against the idea of “black lives matter,” and the black lives matter organization. The organization itself is a Marxist organization, who manipulate the emotions of minorities to advance their own politically motivated agenda. Of course black lives matter, no one is saying that they don’t.”

Negron argued how defunding law enforcement will only embolden criminals to target the most vulnerable. He mentioned how the most recent Gallup poll concluded that 81% of Black Americans & 83% of Hispanic Americans don’t want less police presence despite protesters, but instead want more police.

Negron expressed with Politifix News how police brutality is abhorrent and those that dishonor their oath to protect and serve should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. However, defunding police departments in cities with the highest crime rates will only hurt black and brown lives – not improve them. He proposes innovative police training which entails three policy ideas:

1) Universal body cams: The public is protected against abuses of power and the police are protected against false claims that could hurt their career. Negron wants universal body cams in every department.

2) Police chiefs should be elected not appointed: Negron claims that unlike a sheriff, a chief is appointed by a mayor and thus when their officers do wrong, the chief doesn’t suffer an immediate consequence from the public. If elected, the chief would have to answer to the public and if they aren’t doing a good job serving the public, they stand to lose their job.

Negron further added that many of the chiefs in cities with the highest crime rates are appointed by democrat mayors and tend to run the department with the mayor’s agenda. An elected chief would have to answer directly to the voting public instead of just the mayor that hired them.

3) Nationwide registry of police disciplinary records: Negron stated a data base should be established so that a law enforcement officer fired or forced to leave one city can’t simply move to another city and be back on the streets. Citizens and police departments would be made aware of a police officer’s disciplinary record regardless of new location.

Negron expressed how school choice can reduce the criminality issue that currently exists within most inner cities where minorities tend to reside the most.

“Parents should have the option of what school they wish their children to attend,” argued Negron. According to Negron school choice will not only increase parental satisfaction but it will ultimately benefit the child. Research has shown that school choice has been proven to lead to higher graduation rates which in return helps a child advance in life.

Politifix News questioned Negron on how politicians can strengthen the relationship with law enforcement and minority communities.

“Having police officers chosen who are specifically equipped to work with communities they are familiar with can help with building and strengthening relationships. Having police officers that are familiar with the community and having that same community familiar with the police officers patrolling their area is key. A police officer no longer becomes just a man or woman in a blue uniform but rather a trusted and known individual within the community,” expressed Negron. 

Negron agrees with the sentiment that black lives matter, those lives including unborn black children, black lives taken by other black lives, and black lives in blue uniforms. However, a movement that is selective on which black lives they choose to be outraged over is a movement he can’t and won’t support.

 

For more information on Luke Negron visit his webpage:

www.negron2020.com

 

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