To the Editor:
Prior to a Senate trial after impeachment by the House, the Constitution states that the senators who serve as jury “shall be on Oath or Affirmation.” Here are the words:
“I solemnly swear (or affirm) that in all things appertaining to the trial of ______, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help me God.”
Yet we hear this from two U.S. senators:
Sen. Mitch McConnell, Dec. 12, 2019: “Everything I do during this (impeachment trial) I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this, to the extent that we can.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, Dec. 14, 2019: “I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here.”
He adds that Trump’s impeachment will “die quickly” in the Senate.
How impartial is this “justice”? What is happening to our sacred Constitution?