‘If Trump is innocent, what is there to fear?’

Letter to the editor in today’s Greensboro News & Record with the above headline. Greensboro resident David Hammond writes:

American democracy will suffer if the Senate does not conduct an impartial impeachment trial. The required impartiality oath nevertheless appears meaningless to those senators, including North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, who have declared in advance their intended verdicts of “not guilty.”

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also stated that he may exclude witnesses, even though officials prohibited by President Trump from testifying before the House have offered to appear before the Senate.

Believers in the president’s innocence should still want an unbiased trial, so that evidence can disprove the impeachment articles and close the case. If the outcome is predetermined, not only will we never know the truth (whatever we may want to believe), but precedents will be established that threaten the basis of American life.

Fair enough, but here’s my question (surely I’m not the only one asking): what if the evidence does disprove the articles and close the case? How many Democrats would vote for acquittal? Somehow I think none, which to me is more dangerous than to American democracy.

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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