I watched an interview today of Lindsey Graham stating the Senate trial is not blocking any witnesses; his claim was that the House never called them so it is not incumbent on the Senate to call them and by doing so “legitimizing the House choosing not to call a witness”. Further, if the Senate decided to call them it would deal the courts out of “a judicial review of impeachment”. You can listen to Senator Graham for yourself here. I have not heard a more pungent instantiation of Orwell’s NewSpeak than these few seconds of Lindsay Graham speaking to reporters. He claims the House did not call witnesses? They sure did and in the official manner of calling witnesses: the subpoena. A list of those subpoenaed, including Vice President Mike Pence, can be found here.
This ‘spit in the face of all Americans’ tactic by Senator Graham should prompt every American, regardless of political affiliation, to ask cui bono. Cui bono is a Latin phrase which rendered into English means, “who benefits?”. Graham, along with every other Senator and member of Congress were acutely aware of every subpoena issued by the House during its Impeachment investigation. To turn around a few weeks later and to lie that ‘no witnesses were called’ does not call for outrage, although it certainly deserves that, rather, it calls for intense scrutiny into the financial dealings of every Senator and member of Congress who propagate these lies. This is not simply partisanship. Impeachment is a solemn Constitutional duty of every elected official when the political milieu is such that the very existence of the Republic is threatened. The process of impeachment was put into the Constitution to safeguard the Republic, not the Republican party. The Founders worst fears, that a sitting President would use the office for personal gain or that a sitting President would be beholden to a foreign power is the milieu in which the Republic finds itself in today.
What could cause people such as Lindsay Graham to turn their backs on their oath of office and the oath the swore just a few days ago to be fair and impartial jurors? What could cause people such as Senator McConnell to announce he would work with the White House and promise an acquittal? Here is where I believe this is just another area where we all can see the Citizens United ruling rearing its ugly head. It is easy to abandon one’s principles while untold millions of dollars are pouring into your pockets. This is why every American should be out in the streets demanding an accounting of how much money each and every Senator and member of congress is getting and who is the entity giving it. Our Republic is too valuable to be sold to the highest bidder by filth like Lindsay Graham and others. It is high time we put a stop to this before we find ourselves unwilling participants living in an Orwellian nightmare.