The Democratic House Impeachment Managers, seven of them selected by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, have conducted themselves in a brilliant fashion, and are reflective of the diversity of America.
Particularly exceptional are Adam Schiff of California and Hakeem Jeffries of New York. But also, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Zoe Lofgren of California, Val Demings of Florida, Sylvia Garcia of Texas, and Jason Crow of Colorado have performed well.
This group includes four men and three women; two who are Jewish (Schiff, Nadler); two who are African American (Jeffries, Demings); one who is Latina (Garcia); three who are long time veterans of the House (Nadler, Lofgren, Schiff); three who have served three years or less (Demings, Garcia, Crow); two each from California and New York, and one each from Florida, Texas, and Colorado. So all of the top four states in population, plus growing Colorado are represented by this group of seven members of the House of Representatives. And their ages range from 72 down to 40, with two in their 70s, two in their 60s, one in the fifties, and two in their 40s.
The Democrats are fortunate in having such talented members doing the job of informing the nation of the crimes and illegalities of Donald Trump, no matter what the result of the Impeachment Trial.
After the first day of the Donald Trump Impeachment Trial, it is more clear than ever before that the Republicans in the US Senate, as well as earlier those in the House of Representatives, are more loyal to party and a leader than to the Constitution they were sworn to uphold.
Refusing to require Donald Trump to release documents and evidence to Congress is, in itself, an impeachable act.
Defending a man as disgraceful and law breaking as Donald Trump has been, is an inexcusable offense.
We are yet to see if four or more Republicans will agree, ultimately, to call for witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial.
If this trial becomes the total sham it seems moving toward, then the Republican Party, rightfully, should be punished by a total repudiation of all of its office holders in November.
Obviously, that will not happen, but hopefully, a massive wave similar to 2018, will lead to a Democratic gain of seats in the House of Representatives, and gaining the majority in the US Senate, with more than just the four seats needed to have a 51 seat majority.
The US Senate, often called the greatest legislative body in the world, and based on the concept of the Roman Senate, is clearly, on trial.
It has had a grand total of 1,984 members since March 4, 1789, and at least a few hundred have been major players in US History.
It has also had its scoundrels and low lifes, but it has always played an important role in US history.
Courage and principle has often governed what happened, while other times, pure dirty politics has ruled the day, such as right now, as Senator Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader, is doing everything he can to deny the American people a fair impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
The trial, sadly, may be a sham, but the Republican Party will pay for it with a loss of control of the Senate, and the defeat of scoundrels such as McConnell and Lindsey Graham.
History is waiting, and will not be kind to any US Senator who does not promote a fair trial!
It is hard to believe that Donald Trump has been in office, disgracing and besmirching the institution of the Presidency, for three years. With one year left to this term, hopefully, we will see next year on this day the end of this nightmare threat to civil order and international stability.
All possible efforts must be made to eradicate this cancer on the office of the Presidency, with commitment by voters and by those in public office to do everything needed to remove this man from the Presidency. We must then work to reverse the horrific damage he has done in so many areas of public policy.
There is no perfect candidate, but the nation must unite around the winner of the Democratic Presidential nomination as the only alternative to the horror of a second term for Trump, as that would create lasting damage to the nation, with little chance of reversal.
This is particularly true in the case of the federal judiciary, as if Trump is able to make the Supreme Court extremist right wing, it will reverberate on the nation in a deleterious manner for the next 20-30 years. It would insure domestic chaos and injustice long term, in a nation becoming rapidly a majority minority by the 2040s.
As the Donald Trump impeachment trial begins, it is clear that a true conservative would support his removal from the Oval Office on the basis of his violation of the separation of power and the rule of law.
The list is long, including, among others the following 28 in no special order:
Susan Del Percio
With the Donald Trump Impeachment Trial to begin in earnest on Tuesday, January 21, the first full day of the last year of this Presidential term of office, the question arises whether at least four Republican Senators will buck their leader, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and call for witnesses to testify.
John Bolton, former National Security Adviser, is the key witness in mind, although there are others, including Mick Mulvaney (the Acting White House Chief of Staff), Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as lesser figures.
If even John Bolton gets to testify, it will be a victory for Democrats, but the question is whether there are Republican Senators who want to know the truth, or are just interested in backing the President, no matter what abuses of power he has engaged in.
The best estimate is that we will find the following Senators supporting testimony:
Susan Collins of Maine
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Mitt Romney of Utah
Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Rob Portman of Ohio
Cory Gardner of Colorado
If only three of the above support witnesses, it would be a 50-50 tie, and the belief is that Chief Justice John Roberts could rule in such a tie situation, and would support witnesses.
But this is such an unprecedented situation, so we are guessing at what will be the ultimate decision on this matter.
Donald Trump is employing Alan Dershowitz, a clearly demented, egotistical, unethical former Harvard Law Professor, who is totally contradicted by most prestigious law professors, including those at Harvard, to present his case in the upcoming impeachment trial.
Dershowitz has represented many of the most despicable criminals imaginable, and while he says he is a “Liberal Democrat”, he clearly has no principles other than his own economic aggrandizement and egotistical glorification. Dershowitz is a criminal lawyer, not a great constitutional lawyer, and he is undermining American democracy with his willingness to defend the abuse of power by Donald Trump.
Trump is also employing Ken Starr, the prosecutor who brought about the ultimate impeachment trial against Bill Clinton, glorying in providing precise sexual details about Clinton’s love life, and then, being President of Baylor University, which had a football player sex scandal which he handled terribly, and resigned in disgrace.
The worst of humanity is what Dershowitz and Starr are, and their ethical violations should lead to their disbarment and disgrace, as they are the most obnoxious, obscene, and crooked defense teams of lawyers ever conceived!
Finally, a month after the House of Representatives adopted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has appointed seven members of the House to be impeachment managers, and has handed over the two articles of impeachment to the Senate.
More evidence against Donald Trump has emerged, and hopefully, the Republicans in the US Senate will realize the need for new evidence to be allowed, and for witnesses to be brought before the Senate, as Chief Justice John Roberts presides, over what is now the third Presidential impeachment trial in American history.
John Roberts joins Salmon P. Chase in 1868 and William Rehnquist in 1999 in the historic stewardship over the impeachment proceedings, with the President on trial, although not in person, and with the House having impeachment managers to argue the case, and the Senate to act as a jury. All branches of the government are present in the Senate chamber as this trial commences, and lasts a few weeks, likely beyond the Iowa Caucuses on February 3 and the New Hampshire Primary on February 11.
Last night’s Iowa Democratic Presidential Debate added “steam” to the belief that moderates are gaining over progressives, based on performance, and also on the reality that the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial will “bench” the two leading progressives, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, along with Amy Klobuchar and “forgotten” candidate Michael Bennet, giving the edge to Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg.
For a few weeks, beyond Iowa and probably including New Hampshire, those Senators will be unable to campaign in person, a major disadvantage.
It could be that it will have no effect on Iowa or New Hampshire, but the feeling is growing that it might be that a ticket will emerge of Joe Biden for President, with his experience, knowledge, and likability, running with Mayor Pete for Vice President, from the Midwest heartland, and making a major step forward as an openly gay Vice Presidential nominee .
Experience, youth, and likability, all in one ticket!
At the same time, a ticket of Biden with Amy Klobuchar, or a ticket of Pete for President and Amy for VP or vice versa would be fine, too!
The Caucus-Primary system for Presidential elections needs to be reformed, as it is clear that having Iowa and New Hampshire go first, with both being totally lacking in diversity, is not a system for the long term.
The argument could be that California and Texas should go first, as they are very diverse and together have about 20 percent of the national population.
Add states such as Wisconsin and Virginia, and that would be a good start toward a system that would be much more amenable to the promotion of racial and ethnic diversity in a nation that will be majority non white in a generation. Therefore, it would be more reflective of reality, and allow minority candidates a better chance to survival in the process.
It is sad that Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, and Cory Booker have been forced out of the Presidential race for the Democrats, due to lack of financial support. Hopefully, the future can be different.