Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of a book on Trump's Iran policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, Professor. Jan. 22, 2020 1 min read


1. Tried to keep opening arguments to 4 days. LOST.
2. Tried to conclusively block admission of House record. LOST.
3. Tried to stack arguments on witnesses so Democrats wouldn't be able to tell America why each witness is critcal. LOST.

PS/ The tabling of the Democrats' many amendments, which may seem a "win" for McConnell, was already assured—it was "baked into" today's events. The tweet above itemizes any and all "surprise" developments in today's (still ongoing) hearing. McConnell lost basically all of those.

PS2/ McConnell lost the opening-argument issue (4 days not 6) because of a GOP rebellion. He lost the House-record issue (mandatory vs. conditional language) because of a GOP rebellion. He lost the "stacking" issue because he hasn't been honest with Dems and they owe him nothing.

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