When we are young, we are taught about due process and one’s right to a fair trial. Part of this due process is the right to call witnesses to confirm the accused’s innocence or guilt.
The impeachment trial of you know who started today. Among the many points that were considered was whether or not to call witnesses. Not surprisingly, the Democrats wanted witnesses to be called. The Republicans argue that witnesses are not necessary.
I’m not a lawyer or a legal expert. I know where the boundaries of my knowledge lies. But I know enough to know that witnesses are necessary in any trial, regardless of whether it is on the local level, the national level or somewhere in between.
I have to wonder, in denying witnesses to speak for themselves, what the Republicans are hiding. Or, if they are not hiding something, they are afraid that these witnesses will reveal the truth. The truth that you know who did use his office for personal and political gain. By not going against you know who, they prefer to stay in power instead of serving the public who voted them into office.
Only time and history will tell how the impeachment trial of you know will turn out. Either way, the fact that Republicans refuse to call witnesses says it all, at least from my perspective.