Former Presidential candidate and current U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D. CA) has a blistering op-ed piece out in the New York Times and it royally calls out Moscow Mitch from trying to rig Trump’s impeachment trial:
As a former prosecutor, I understand the importance of holding powerful people accountable. I know that every trial requires fairness and truth. Having worked my whole life serving the people, I know that any trial that abandons the pursuit of truth cannot be considered fair or just.
But the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, appears more interested in covering up the president’s misconduct than in pursuing truth and fairness. He is already trying to limit the impeachment trial by preventing witnesses from testifying, and he has all but announced a verdict. In doing so, he showed the American people that he has no intention of honoring his oath.
Let’s be clear: Mr. McConnell doesn’t want a Senate trial. He wants a Senate cover-up.
Harris is pushing to get testimony from both John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney. Be sure to give the whole piece a read. I thank Senator Harris for taking the lead in taking control of the narrative here. As Hunter pointed out, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D. CA) is considering delaying the Senate impeachment trial to gather more evidence. This might just be the best option considering McConnell is trying to rush through this cover-up.
By the way, CREDO Action is building momentum calling on Moscow Mitch to recuse himself from Trump’s impeachment trial:
“No court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s defense attorney.”1 But that's Mitch McConnell's plan for Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate.
McConnell recently declared on Fox News that he will not be an impartial juror in the upcoming impeachment trial, saying that he's “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.”2
Senate rules require all members of the Senate, who act as jurors in the impeachment trial, to swear under oath to remain impartial.3 McConnell is stacking the deck ahead of time to ensure an unfair and completely biased trial to keep Trump in office. He must recuse himself immediately.
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send two articles of impeachment to the House floor for a vote – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – and the full House of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday to impeach Trump and forward the process to the Senate for a trial, likely beginning in mid-January.
After McConnell admitted on live television that he would do everything he could to rig the impeachment trial in “total coordination” with Trump's White House, Rep. Val Demings accused McConnell of sabotaging the trial and violating his oath to remain impartial ahead of time, demanding that McConnell recuse himself.4 A growing chorus of Democrats are joining the call to prevent a sham trial with McConnell's predetermined outcome in the Senate.5
McConnell's blatant disregard for the Constitution in order to keep a misogynistic, racist criminal in the White House is beyond reprehensible. We must demand that he recuse himself immediately and increase the pressure on every Republican to ensure the trial is fair and legitimate. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Thank you for speaking out.
Heidi Hess, Co-Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
- Marty Johnson, “House Democrat calls on McConnell to recuse himself from impeachment trial,” The Hill, Dec. 13, 2019.
- Rep. Val Demings, “Senator McConnell Must Recuse,” Dec. 13, 2019.
- Jake Johnson, “McConnell Faces Calls to Recuse Himself From Impeachment Trial After Saying 'No Chance' Trump Will Be Removed,” Common Dreams, Dec. 13, 2019.
- Nicholas Wu, “Some Democrats asks McConnell to recuse himself from possible Senate impeachment trial,” USA Today, Dec. 14, 2019.
The other thing you can do is help Amy McGrath (D. KY) get ready to take out Moscow Mitch in next year’s election. Click here to donate and get involved with McGrath’s campaign.
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