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Posts Tagged ‘#900 + 5 February 2020 + AMERICA’s DAY of INFAMY + “TRUTH MATTERS” “NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW” “RIGHT MATTERS” + Thank you COURAGEOUS SENATORS who spoke with HEAVENINYOURMOUTH; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;’

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The courageous Senator Mitt Romney (Utah – Republican).
Senator Mitt Romney will always be remembered not as a traitor
but as a honest man who had the courage to speak up against President Trump.
The truth is the truth even if you are a minority of one. Mahatma Gandhi.

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The Constitution is at the foundation of our republic’s success, and we each strive not to lose sight of our promise to defend it. The Constitution established the vehicle of impeachment that has occupied both houses of Congress for these many days. We have labored to faithfully execute our responsibilities to it. We have arrived at different judgments, but I hope we respect each other’s good faith.
The allegations made in the articles of impeachment are very serious. As a senator-juror, I swore an oath, before God, to exercise “impartial justice.” I am a profoundly religious person. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential. I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.
The House managers presented evidence supporting their case; the White House counsel disputed that case. In addition, the president’s team presented three defenses: first, that there can be no impeachment without a statutory crime; second, that the Bidens’ conduct justified the president’s actions; and third that the judgment of the president’s actions should be left to the voters. Let me first address each of those defenses.
The historic meaning of the words “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the writings of the Founders and my own reasoned judgment convince me that a president can indeed commit acts against the public trust that are so egregious that while they are not statutory crimes, they would demand removal from office. To maintain that the lack of a codified and comprehensive list of all the outrageous acts that a president might conceivably commit renders Congress powerless to remove such a president defies reason.
The president’s counsel noted that Vice President [Joe] Biden appeared to have a conflict of interest when he undertook an effort to remove the Ukrainian prosecutor general. If he knew of the exorbitant compensation his son was receiving from a company actually under investigation, the vice president should have recused himself. While ignoring a conflict of interest is not a crime, it is surely very wrong.
With regards to Hunter Biden, taking excessive advantage of his father’s name is unsavory but also not a crime. Given that in neither the case of the father nor the son was any evidence presented by the president’s counsel that a crime had been committed, the president’s insistence that they be investigated by the Ukrainians is hard to explain other than as a political pursuit. There is no question in my mind that were their names not Biden, the president would never have done what he did.

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HEAVENINMYMOUTH                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2012
PRIVATE COLLECTION: Charles Lloyd + Dorothy Darr

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Thank you

 

COURAGEOUS SENATORS

 

who HONORED your oath to the Constitution,

who UPHELD y/our values of y/our DEMOCRACY,

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who spoke with

 

TRUTH

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RESPONSIBILITY

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ACCOUNTABILITY

HEAVENINY/OURMOUTH

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“Don’t lose hope.”

“There is justice in this world and truth and right.

I believe that.

I wouldn’t be in this government if I didn’t.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

 

I direct my final message not to the house managers, not even to my fellow senators but to the American people.

My message is simple: Don’t lose hope.

There is justice in this world. And truth. And right. I believe that. I wouldn’t be in this government if I didn’t. Somehow, in ways we can’t predict, with God’s mysterious hand guiding us, truth and right will prevail. There have been dark periods in our history. But we always overcome. The Senate’s opening prayer yesterday was Amos 5:24. “Let justice roll down like water, righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
The long arc of the moral universe, my fellow Americans, does bend towards justice. America does change for the better. But not on its own. It took millions of Americans hundreds of years to make this country what it is today. Americans of every age and color and creed who marched and protested, stood up and sat in, Americans that defended this beautiful democracy in its darkest hours.
On Memorial Day in 1884, Oliver Wendel Holmes told his war-weary audience that, quote, “Whether one accepts from fortune her spade and will look downward and dig, or from aspiration her ax and cord and scale the ice, the one and only success which is yours to command is to bring to your work a mighty heart.”
I have confidence that Americans of a different generation, our generation, will bring to our work a mighty heart to fight for what’s right, to fight for the truth and never, never lose faith.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

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