President’s Trial Must Be Impartial


I made the photo from the deck of the Queen Mary II as she pulled of New York Harbor on a voyage to England in 2004.

One of the most solemn duties of a Senator is to sit as an impartial juror in a trial after a President has been impeached by the House of Representatives The Senate as a body has recognized the extraordinary importance of fairness and impartiality of such a trial and has required that each Senator take the following oath, which is in addition to his oath of office as a Senator.

“I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of the President, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.’’

The oath is clear: it gives a Senator no constitutional or moral justification to avoid doing his solemn and impartial duty in the trial of a President. It makes no difference whether a Senator believes the charges are justified or even whether they are trivial. Each Senator is bound by oath to consider all the evidence presented at the trial. He is then bound to render an impartial verdict that is in full accord with his oath – or else be guilty of breeching that oath and his or her solemn Constitutional duty.

Now, to the impending impeachment trial in the Senate of the current President. Some Senators have already boasted that they will make every effort to make a farce of the trial and to insure it will not be impartial. One Senator had this to say, “I’m not an impartial juror.” Note that his statement is an outright admission that he plans to violate his solemn oath of office and the Constitution. The Senator went on to say, “This is a political process. There is not anything judicial about it. Impeachment is a political decision.” Note that you won’t find anything in the constitution or the Senator’s oath of office to support his brazen promise not to do his duty.

Unfortunately the Senator mentioned above is not alone when he promises to turn the impending Constitutionally-mandated impeachment trial into a mockery of justice and the Constitution. Some Senators in both political parties have shown a willingness to treat the impending impeachment trial as a political process and refuse to do their Constitutional duties. How can we expect to remain a democratic republic if we continue to elect government officials who are willing to betray their sacred trusts solely for political reasons – and boast about it.?

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4 Responses to President’s Trial Must Be Impartial

  1. Glenn Woodell says:

    It’s all a sham. The left was saying they were going to impeach Trump even before he was inaugurated. The impeachment hearing was a circus, especially considering it was a Democratic majority and now they expect that the Republican majority Senate will not offer the same? If the framers didn’t expect it to be based on politics then the process would have been handled in the courts.

    The framers made the removal of a sitting president a very difficult process for good reason – so that cooler heads might prevail. Obviously that was back when men were gentler than they are now.

    My opinion is that as much as Trump is not the kind of person I tend to share my time with, the country was given a huge disservice by being dragged through this whole charade. Let’s move on and get Congress back to doing their jobs. But my guess is that the Democrats will not leave Trump alone. The best thing they can do is to stop shooting themselves in the foot and put up a decent candidate for the next election.


  2. Eugene Simmons says:

    Glen, Trump wasn’t impeached because he was elected president. He was impeached because of what he did since he became president. No one “wins” in an impeachment, it’s a process to define right and wrong as it pertains to our constitution, and consequences of impeachable acts.


    • bobillweaver says:

      Thanks, Gene for your thoughts; Do you recall seeing any notes in the Constitution that states or implies that “impeachment is merely a political process?” I haven’t. I believe that elections are about politics, impeachments are about wrong-doing.


  3. bobillweaver says:

    Glen, My post makes a simple and straight forward argument that the impeachment trial in the Senate should be fair and impartial, even if some Senators believe the impeachment hearing was a sham and unfair to the President. If the House of Representatives was wrong to impeach, then the Senate should act to correct that. But in in doing so, each Senator must act in accordance with his moral and legal duty and his sworn oath to act in a fair and impartial way. I have read my post several times and believe that every sentence, whether declarative or a question, is true. If you disagree, I invite you to single out each and every statement you believe to be untrue or merely an opinion – and explain your reasons. Please stay on point and steer clear of unsupported statements based totally on person and political opinion.


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