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Is anyone else astonished that the Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted to deny a fair trial to the President of the United States? Is anyone else astonished the Republicans in the U.S. Senate denied the President of the United States a chance to prove his innocence in his impeachment trial? It seems to me that whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, whether you’re a president or a lay person, you deserve a fair trial and that this county deserves a just judicial system.
Does it now mean if you’re a billionaire and can hire enough lawyers to completely block subpoenaed evidence and witnesses that that’s now O.K.? Isn’t that called obstruction of justice? Does it now mean that the executive branch of the United States can do whatever it wants even if it is against the law or a breach to our constitution? Does it now mean that the President of the United States can lie to the American people over 16,000 times and that’s O.K.? (Editor’s note: According to a Washington Post article dated Jan. 20, 2020, President Trump has made 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years.)
Our president will never be truly acquitted because he didn’t receive a fair trial. He was not given the opportunity to prove his innocence. And the American people have been cheated of a fair judicial system. It’s a threat to our democracy. It’s a threat to the integrity of our system.
It’s a sad time in the history of the United States. I’m astonished and dismayed!
Ann Redig, Scandia