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We cannot let the Senate trial be part of the cover-up

The House has voted to impeach the President. Now, it is the Senate's solemn duty to conduct a full and fair trial to determine whether the President should be removed from office.

When the impeachment trial begins, every Senator will take this oath:

"I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of [President Donald Trump], now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws. So help me God."

But Senator McConnell has already made his intentions plain: This will be a show trial, designed to quickly dismiss the serious charges against the President.

He has rejected Senator Schumer's request to call critical witnesses with first-hand knowledge, including the acting White House chief of staff and the President's national security advisor at the time.

Senator McConnell actually complained that calling these witnesses is a pathway "to get to guilty". Isn't that awfully telling?

The Republicans are effectively telling us that party comes over country, that fealty to the President is above fealty to the Constitution.

I can't promise you today how this is going to go. But know this: I'm going to keep fighting with everything I've got to stand up for the truth and for a full discussion before the American people. This moment demands our loyalty to the Constitution above party, to our country above party, and a complete determination to get the full facts and fair proceedings for all involved.


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Posted on December 18, 2019.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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