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Senators, do your duty

Feb. 9 began the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. The case considered is whether the former president played a role in inciting the insurrection attack on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, 2021.

The House impeached (found evidence for conviction) against Trump and sent the case to the Senate. The full senate has been sworn in and will serve as the jury. They are hearing arguments presented by the prosecution and defense with witnesses and supporting evidence. It is the duty of the senate, after careful consideration, to render their decision. The house Democrats and Republicans passed on the article of impeachment.

Some Senate Republicans, whose lives were endangered along with House members, Capitol police and those killed during the attack, wanted to avoid their sworn duty. Those members questioned the constitutionality of the trial as Donald Trump is no longer in office. The Senate has no jurisdiction in interpreting the law (Constitution). That is the duty of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mitch McConnell would not allow witnesses in Trump’s first impeachment trial saying in effect, voters would decide guilt or innocence with the 2020 election. They did.

Holding those accountable for their participation includes the former president. I don’t know why you send your senators to Washington but I sent mine, as the oath they took in essence said, “…I will support and defend the constitution U.S. against all enemies foreign and domestic;…”

We have all witnessed the act of terrorism against the very core of our shared democracy on Jan. 6, 2021. Accountability starts with me, you and those we elect to serve, as such we must all step up. We as a nation must do all in our power to preserve our union and guard it from all enemies. How will you contribute to insure that Democracy remains intact for your children and theirs?

Cal Malcom

Williamstown

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