There are essentially three pillars of justice; The Judge (and or jury), the law (criminal or civil procedure) and the evidence (the facts).
Having destroyed all three, republicans are now ruled by King Trump.
Under these circumstances, it is no surprise that Republican Senate Defense arguments are generating backslapping laughter. Even if Trump did abuse his powers in an attempt to bully Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 election on his behalf, it would not matter because Republicans allege that the House never accused him of committing an ordinary crime.
That might play well on Fox news, but history has a long memory and the stain of a bogus impeachment defence should do to every single republicans in the next election what Ken Starr did to the Independent Counsel Statute -make them all obsolete.
Republicans who are currently trying to change the clear, undeniable assertion that impeachment exists to remove officials who abuse power from office, are on the wrong side of history.
Ignore partisans. Listen to what historians say when they practice their craft in a reasonable and objective manner.
As historian Tim Naftali informed us, this is the first time in the history of the United States that the President's party has controlled a Senate Trial. Consequently, as long as the republican party continues to close the door on fairness where the impeachment of Donald Trump is concerned, the failure to hold Trump accountable is exclusively the doing of the republican party.
Republicans are subverting democracy before our very eyes and they will invariably pay a huge price in 2020 because the American people demand and deserve the truth.
In his own words, historian, Tim Naftali said; "We witnessed the largest cover up, the largest stonewall of an impeachment in history during the House period." Watch Mr. Naftali make it very clear that unlike Richard Nixon, President Trump ignored every single subpoena and that is an unprecedented abuse of power that should never be tolerated.
We must all drop the current tendency to tolerate abuse and be very, very clear. If you think that republican crackpots like Mitt Romney (who is a Ted Cruz clone) are actually prepared to be fair and reasonable, as the media routinely implies by calling him a "moderate", think again. Romney famously said "if everything is an outrage then nothing is an outrage" and Jeffery Toobin promptly shut down the door to granting him the opportunity to spout from both ends of his mouth, right here. Watch and listen very carefully. Do not continue to entertain the gimmicks of the republican party.
Trump and republican senators are acting like they are above the rule of law and that should never be tolerated. "If you have this massive stonewall, the Senate has the power, in our constitution, to be an active player in judging the President. The idea that it is supposed to be passive, in the words of Adam Schiff, is nonsense. Read the cold record of the grand jury. The Senate knows Trump is guilty, all the Senators know the White House is stonewalling, and this obstruction is not appropriate because they all share the obligation to the public to get all the information out."
Every single Senator said, "I do" to the the oath; "Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of President Donald John Trump, President of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the constitution and the laws, so help you God?" Every single senator who blocked that obligation has violated his or her oath of office and why that hasn't been made very clear in every possible way is responsible for making an absolute mockery of the entire democratic process.
A genuine, fair trial has clearly been averted even before it started because without the documents and the witnesses that are essential to do impartial justice, there can be no reasonable or fair Senate trial. Judicious disclosure is the cornerstone of every fair trial and that has been absolutely denied.
Republicans can certainly raise fickle arguments which pretend that there are no triable issues for the Senate to consider, but they are ultimately repugnant and disgusting gimmicks.
Clearly, the grotesque, indefensible hypocrisy of former Republican House Manager, Chris Canon, who eagerly advocated the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998, is a rather clear and obvious portrayal of how broken the system is because the clowns are manufacturing an alternative reality for the purpose of dodging the rule of law.
Watch CNN's Jake Tapper, scratch his head, as republican Chris Canon, admits that the trial in the senate will not be fair.
Henry David Thoreau told us that "The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency" and if he was still alive, he would have been shocked by the absolute hypocrisy and corruption of republicans like Chris Canon.
Clearly, the Trump defense is nothing more than irrelevant or debunked talking points that have been repeated over and over even before the senate trial started and if we make history our guide there is absolutely no question about what constitutes a reasonable and appropriate senate response under the rule of law.
Indeed, under the circumstances, every Senator should either;
A/Render Impartial Justice.
The Constitution does not indicate that removal from office requires two-thirds of the senate. It requires two-thirds of Senators PRESENT for the proceeding and those who fail to render impartial justice ARE NOT PRESENT in the manner the founders intended.
President Trump and his enablers act like they are above the rule of law and it is therefore silly to suggest that the Impeachment Trial of the President of the United States has not already ended the very way it started - without the ability to render impartial justice because republicans are flagrantly ignoring the rule of law.
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