Good Morning, DC. It's impeachment week, and if it feels like déjà vu, it's because you've seen it all before.
Trump has been quiet over the weekend as if he is not missing Twitter, although my sources say he's contemplating launching a new social media company.
Republicans overwhelmingly believe that impeachment is an "unconstitutional exercise." Senator Graham went on Face the Nation to say that "If you believe he committed a crime, he can be prosecuted like any other citizen." Graham also noted that "the outcome is really not in doubt," given that no 17 Republicans are willing to go on record and vote to convict Trump.
"I think it's clearly constitutional to conduct a Senate trial with respect to an impeachment," Republican Senator Pat Toomey said on State of the Union. Toomey is one of ten Republicans who openly defy Trump.
Senator Bill Cassidy went on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, to share his thoughts on impeachment. “If it happened in the Soviet Union, you would have called it a show trial,” he said.
Jamie Raskin requested that Trump testifies under oath at the Senate trial but his lawyers, Bruce Castor and David Schoen, dismissed the invitation as a “public relations stunt.”
As of right now, it's unclear if the House impeachment managers will call witnesses or not, but in case they decide to do so, they will be allowed to proceed.
Liz Cheney is coming for Trump. After she survived an anonymous vote, Cheney is wasting no time speaking against Trump. The GOP in Wyoming censured her and asked her to resign for “betraying the trust of Wyoming voters.” She declined. Trump "does not have a role as a leader of our party going forward," Cheney told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "We are the party of Lincoln. We are not the party of QAnon...We believe in conservative principles, conservative values, and the Constitution," Cheney pledged not to forget what happened on January 6, 2021.
Only 1 in 10 Republican voters nationwide support Trump’s conviction, according to a survey by Associated Press. Realizing that getting Trump and his base out of the Republican party can turn out to be a lengthy undertaking, outnumbered "Never Trumpers" are talking about creating a new movement or new center-right party. In the meantime, CPAC is just weeks away, although some GOP insiders say “it won't be a big deal this year.”
Biden spent the weekend in Delaware. On Sunday, he went to St. Joseph on the Brandywine with granddaughter Natalie Biden. Two protesters were present at the church. One held a white sign that read: "JOE BIDEN EQUALS ABORTION EUTHANASIA AND INFANTICIDE."
On Sunday evening, just before the Super Bowl, Biden gave his first network interview since Inauguration. He talked to CBS’s Norah O'Donnell on "CBS Evening News". On vaccine production, Biden said that “the idea that we can get to the herd immunity before the end of this summer is very difficult.” The president also said that he is looking at reopening schools safely.
Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Edward Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the East Asia subcommittee, Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Secretary Blinken regarding the situation in Myanmar.
Senators call on the Biden administration to urge "immediate release of political prisoners, journalists, and members of civil society detained in association with the military coup" and impose sanction on the "senior leadership of the Tatmadaw and other military-affiliated individuals."
After Russia, Myanmar has the biggest demonstrations in fifteen years where crowds are taking to the streets to call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.
WHO has confirmed that a new case of Ebola has been detected in Congo. The resurgence of Ebola has been taking place in Butembo, a city in North Kivu Province, where a previous outbreak was declared over in June 2020.
What will Biden do today?
Biden is still in Delaware and will arrive at the White House at 9:30 AM EST. After Biden and Kamala Harris receive the President’s Daily Brief at 10:15 AM EST, they will take a virtual tour of a vaccination site in Glendale, Arizona.
This morning, at 11 AM EST, Dr. Anthony Fauci will hold a press briefing to provide public health updates.
Press secretary Psaki will hold a press briefing at noon.
At the State Department, Spokesperson Ned Price will hold a press briefing at 2:30 PM EST.
And that's a wrap for this Monday morning, February 8, 2021. Let the second impeachment week begin.
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