“…There is no need for more evidence to prove that the president asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter; he said this on television on October 3, 2019, and during his July 25, 2019, telephone call with the president of Ukraine. There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens; the House managers have proved this with what they call a ‘mountain of overwhelming evidence…’”
“…If this shallow, hurried and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it would rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the fire of cultural divisions that already exist…”
One or the other. It can’t be both.
Lamar Alexander (r):
Alexander Statement on Impeachment Witness Vote
Posted on January 30, 2020
Washington, D.C., January 30, 2020 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote regarding additional evidence in the impeachment proceedings:
“I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense.
“There is no need for more evidence to prove that the president asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter; he said this on television on October 3, 2019, and during his July 25, 2019, telephone call with the president of Ukraine. There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens; the House managers have proved this with what they call a ‘mountain of overwhelming evidence.’ There is no need to consider further the frivolous second article of impeachment that would remove the president for asserting his constitutional prerogative to protect confidential conversations with his close advisers.
“It was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation. When elected officials inappropriately interfere with such investigations, it undermines the principle of equal justice under the law. But the Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year’s ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate.
“The question then is not whether the president did it, but whether the United States Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did. I believe that the Constitution provides that the people should make that decision in the presidential election that begins in Iowa on Monday.
“The Senate has spent nine long days considering this ‘mountain’ of evidence, the arguments of the House managers and the president’s lawyers, their answers to senators’ questions and the House record. Even if the House charges were true, they do not meet the Constitution’s ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ standard for an impeachable offense.
“The framers believed that there should never, ever be a partisan impeachment. That is why the Constitution requires a 2/3 vote of the Senate for conviction. Yet not one House Republican voted for these articles. If this shallow, hurried and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it would rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the fire of cultural divisions that already exist. It would create the weapon of perpetual impeachment to be used against future presidents whenever the House of Representatives is of a different political party.
“Our founding documents provide for duly elected presidents who serve with ‘the consent of the governed,’ not at the pleasure of the United States Congress. Let the people decide.”
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn (r), who has apparently been spending some of her Senate impeachment trial time on The Faux News Channel, reading a book, and on social media trashing a decorated veteran, earned a pointed response to one of her Tweets from former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D):
Jason Kander @JasonKander
A kiDnaPper is tHe sAMe as a FIreFIGHter bEcaUse THEy BotH CaRRy kiDs oUT oF BUildInGS.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn @MarshaBlackburn
Putting conditions on foreign aid is nothing new.
Clinton did it.
Obama did it.
Marsha Blackburn (r) won’t get it.
A passerby reading the concert poster prior to last night’s performance
of Andrew Lippa’s “I am Marvey Milk” at the Folly Theater in downtown Kansas City.
A petition at the White House site:
We petition the Obama Administration to:
Revoke The Tennessee Religious Viewpoints Anti-discrimination Act
Tennessee governor Bill Haslam has just received a bill that allows and encourages anti-gay bullying in the name of “religious freedom.”
The ACLU warns that the bill, SB 1793/HB 1547, “crosses the line from protecting religious freedom into creating systematic imposition of some students’ personal religious viewpoints on other students.”
“Should this pass, students with a range of religious beliefs, as well as non-believers, would routinely be required to listen to religious messages or participate in religious exercises that conflict with their own beliefs,” the ACLU adds.
Created: Mar 27, 2014
Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Education, Human Rights
Signatures needed by April 26, 2014 to reach goal of 100,000 72,065
Total signatures on this petition 27,935
There are still desperate vestiges of the past, but it’s bending.
Previously: HJR 85: the bend toward justice (March 28, 2014)