To the editor: To their credit Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski have each explained their vote against receiving documents or having witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. The reasons they have given leave me unconvinced.
The excuse by Trump’s enablers that really gets me is that, while Trump did all of these things that he is accused of, the seriousness does not rise to the level that justifies removal from office. This is the same party and some of the same people who voted to remove President Bill Clinton from office for fibbing about a dalliance with a White House intern. What kind of a threat to this country was posed by this private consensual affair?
I can tell you what kind of national threat is posed by Trump and his machinations. First, there is the withholding of arms for Ukraine voted by Congress. This is a violation of law. This affair also resulted in the dismissal of a well-regarded ambassador. Then we have Trump asking China and Russia to mess with our elections to help him stay in office. Earlier, Trump has denigrated our intelligence agencies, and he fired FBI Director James Comey because of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. I could go on and on about Trump’s machinations and lies over the past three years.
The reason Trump poses such a threat to this country is because he is enabled by the Senate, including our Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan. In fact, the GOP at the national level is rotten to the core. The only thing that will motivate them to change their behavior is a devastating defeat in the next election. Congressman Don Young and Sen. Sullivan are up for reelection. Congressman Young will be opposed by Alyse Galvin, and Al Gross will be bidding for Senator Sullivan’s seat. These newcomers are both fine people. I beg you to pay attention to what they have to say in the upcoming election campaign.