Impeachment and the significance of member oaths

Impeachment and the significance of member oaths
Nancy Pelosi (Image: Twitter screen grab)

[Ed. – A solid read, though the a trace of bias is evident in the author’s placing the onus on the Senate to ‘do the right thing’ now that the House has botched impeachment.]

If the members of the House had acted as trustees of the Constitution, not as political loyalists, their institutional goal would have ensured a fair investigation, with both sides having equal rights. Both parties would have worked as a constitutionally established institution obligated to find the facts not seek political advantage. The removal of a president demands that both parties have the same goal, protection of the Constitution. Trustees of the Constitution would do whatever it takes to protect it. Political parties will do whatever it takes to gain power.

Since the House has spoken, it is up to the Senate to devise a remedy to bring the nation together. Immediate dismissal or the appearance of a sham trial will end the impeachment nightmare but further divide Congress and the public.

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