To the editor: There were a few inaccuracies in the Nov. 2 letter titled “The Lynch Trial of President Trump” that I think need to cleared up.
The first: The letter stated we were have a trial of President Donald Trump. That is completely inaccurate. Article 1, Sec 2 Clause 5: The House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment. This means that the House has the responsibility to collect evidence that an impeachable offense or offenses have been committed. They are like a grand jury where the state presents their evidence to a body of people and those people decide if there is something that warrants a charge and trial.
The second: That there is no Republican congressman allowed in these evidentiary collections. The Republicans are allowed to be present. Now, if the Republicans disrupt the proceedings they will be and should be asked to leave the room. This would happen at a grand jury inquiry, in fact the outsiders, which are those not involved in a grand jury proceeding, are not allowed in.
The third: The accusation of letting news out to hurt the president. The news that is emanating from these investigations most is coming from journalists who are doing their job. They dig and look to uncover the facts and truth. It is also the released statements given by the person testifying.
The fourth: Article I, Section 3, Clauses 6-7 of our Constitution states that the Senate shall have the sole power to try the impeachments. Any conviction of the president requires a two-thirds vote. This is the trial in which the president can defend himself against the evidence presented by the House.
The fifth: The part about nothing getting to the floor without Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s approval is no different than Mitch McConnell’s control of the Senate.
My final point is that before we jump to conclusions and scream and shout about the injustice, find out what the Constitution says.
Why is it that when the facts that are found are called partisan because the other side doesn’t like the inconvenient truth?