To the editor: Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan should publicly insist on a full and fair Senate impeachment trial that includes testimony from witnesses, including:
• Former National Security Adviser John Bolton (who called the scheme a “drug deal”)
• Defense Secretary Mark Esper
• Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
• White House Office of Management and Budget officials Mark Sandy and Michael Duffey
The New York Times’ Dec. 29 article, “Behind the Ukraine Aid Freeze: 84 Days of Conflict and Confusion,” provides critical details about high-ranking officials’ longstanding objections to withholding Ukraine aid. Every American should read this article — especially Murkowski and Sullivan. By this time, they must know even more inside information that clearly implicates Donald Trump in his bribery scheme against the Ukraine president. They know that if a full and fair trial were held in the Senate, Trump’s corruption would be plainly exposed. They realize that further damning evidence will continue to taint Trump. Eventually, the American people will know the full truth about Trump’s illegal scheme.
Murkowski and Sullivan must speak up now to end Mitch McConnell’s plans for a sham trial. Murkowski’s “disturbed” comment last week was a baby step in the right direction. However, by not insisting on witnesses in the upcoming trial, both senators are part of the coverup. Americans despise corruption by either party, and we will express our anger at the polls. Senators, the window to save your reputations is closing fast.