The 45th President of the United States has been impeached.
For those who might think this is a “symbolic” gesture because the U.S. Senate might not convict, think again. Donald John Trump has been impeached on two articles of Impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
These articles never expire.
These articles never go away.
This will forever be his legacy.
And the GOP will forever be the party that chose party over country.
The GOP willfully ignored a president who:
- Shook down a world leader to call for an investigation into his then-likely opponent in the 2020 election;
- refused subpoenas from the United States Congress and ordered his White House appointees to disregard subpoenas from the United States Congress;
- he personally and repeatedly instructed the Postmaster General to double shipping rates for Amazon, in an attempt to inflict billions of dollars of new costs on founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post;
- he referred to African countries as “shitholes” and Mexicans as “rapists”;
- he called neo-Nazis “very fine people”;
And there’s more the GOP willfully ignored. He was only impeached on the first two bullet points above.
Donald J. Trump deserved to be impeached and he deserves to be removed from office.
Will his trial in the Senate be an actual trial, or will Moscow Mitch McConnell and Spineless Lindsay Graham hold a sham, good ol’ white boys trial?
So far, Moscow Mitch has signaled a show trial only, claiming that it’s not up to the Senate to do the House’s job.
But the House impeaches. That’s an indictment.
Now, the House, the equivalent of the prosecution, must put its evidence before the jury, the United States Senate. Just as prosecutors must prove their cases, this trial before the Senate is the venue for the House to call witnesses and subpoena documents. No prosecution ends with an indictment.
So let’s see and hear it all.
Remember, the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts will preside, and Justice Roberts is not one to take anything he does lightly.
This is only the third time in the history of our Republic that a U.S. President will stand trial before the Senate.
May the trial be full, complete, open, thorough, and exhaustive, with all evidence and witnesses presented.
Even the president himself.