Letter to the Editor
The Senate impeachment trial of Trump was an incredible embarrassment for our country. The only thing that was proven was that the current occupant of the oval office does indeed appear to be above the law. It also showed that Senate Republicans care more about politics than they care about the integrity of our elections. Truly shocking.
The two articles of impeachment against Trump from the House of Representatives should have been a slam dunk. By not cooperating with the House investigation into his wrongdoing, Trump was clearly guilty of obstructing Congress. There is really no other way to interpret his behavior. The other article of impeachment about abuse of power was even more serious. Soliciting the assistance of a foreign government to smear the reputation of a political rival is beyond the pale. This is the type of behavior we would expect from a tin-pot dictator, not an American President.
Now the Senate majority have proven themselves complicit in Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors. Hopefully the Senate Republicans will pay dearly at the ballot box for their treachery toward the American people and the Constitution. Their refusal to call witnesses can only be described as a cover-up. What were they afraid of? Why didn’t they want to hear from John Bolton? If Trump was innocent, why on earth would they NOT want Bolton to testify and clear things up?
This whole sham of a Senate trial stinks to high heaven. The Republican Senators clearly had their minds made up before the trial even started. If they truly had no intention of actually listening to arguments and hearing testimony from witnesses, they should have just saved the American people a lot of wasted time and just voted for acquittal on Day 1 of the trial. Why even go through the motions of a trial under these circumstances?
Perhaps the Republicans prolonged their pre-decided outcome just to keep Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren away from Iowa. Or maybe the simpler reason was that they just wanted to pretend to hold a fair trial in order to keep up appearances. Well, no one was fooled. Anyone watching could tell it was a complete sham and totally political in its outcome.
The good news is that the Senate Republicans have now hitched their wagon openly to Trump, so when he goes down, they will go down with him. The American people won’t tolerate a cover-up of this magnitude.
Adam Harris, Thousand Oaks