Where was Kamala Harris when the House of Representatives was perverting fundamental fairness, justice, and our constitution?

Kamala Harris: Will McConnell Let the Senate Hold a Fair Impeachment Trial?
Every one of my colleagues has an obligation to pursue the truth, regardless of the politics.
By Kamala D. Harris (D-CA)

Today the House of Representatives will vote on whether to impeach President Trump. If it votes yes, sometime early in the new year I will take an oath on the Senate floor to uphold the Constitution, review evidence and follow the facts wherever they lead, regardless of party or ideology. Every one of my colleagues will be required to do the same.

[OCS: And like almost every one of her progressive socialist Democrat colleagues, she will violate that meaningless oath as fast as she violated the oath of her office – clearly demonstrated by her acquiescence to her party’s ideology as they repeatedly violated the constitution during the course of her tenure in the Senate.] 

As a former prosecutor, I understand the importance of holding powerful people accountable. I know that every trial requires fairness and truth. Having worked my whole life serving the people, I know that any trial that abandons the pursuit of truth cannot be considered fair or just.

[OCS: I did not see Kamala Harris comment on the fundamental unfairness and blatant dishonesty involved in House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff’s star-chamber proceedings. I did not see Kamala Harris point out the vague, over-broad articles of impeachment which could see every president and government official impeached for what they thought, as interpreted by their opposition, not what they did as evidenced by their actions.]

But the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, appears more interested in covering up the president’s misconduct than in pursuing truth and fairness. He is already trying to limit the impeachment trial by preventing witnesses from testifying, and he has all but announced a verdict. In doing so, he showed the American people that he has no intention of honoring his oath.

[OCS: Excuse me! Harris is a graduate of a prestigious law school and has spent years in the legal system, yet she seems to lack an understanding of the law. First, she is impeached by her first statement that characterizes the President’s actions as “misconduct.” So much for Harris’ impartiality and fairness. Impeachment is not a legal procedure per se, and all of the necessary witnesses should have been called in the House proceedings.

To the extent that the opposition was denied the right to call witnesses or any semblance of due process, that the Chair appears complicit in witness tampering and subornation of perjury, that the Chair deliberately withheld key witnesses using a privilege which did not apply, the entire House proceeding was corrupt. And as such, everything coming from the House should be discarded as the fruit of the poison tree.

If we were suddenly to get all legal, the Senate should dismiss all charges and demand that the House conduct a proper impeachment inquiry under the federal rules of procedure.]

Let’s be clear: Mr. McConnell doesn’t want a Senate trial. He wants a Senate cover-up.

[OCS: What the hell is Harris talking about? One, the so-called whistleblower’s complaint was based on hearsay and contained material errors. Two, the House Intelligence Committee appears to have conspired with the so-called whistleblower and others to create charges out of thin air. Three, there was only one fact witness and he admitted under oath that he “presumed” something the President said meant something different and admitted the President did not tell him anything other than to “do the right thing.”

All other witnesses were disgruntled bureaucrats who had nothing to offer except opinion, supposition, and presumption. Four, the President released the transcript of the call in question and it does not support the House’s conclusion. Both parties to the conversation said there was no offense committed. So why rush through an impeachment on zero evidence of wrongdoing except by the Democrats involved in the process?]

Fortunately, Mr. McConnell does not have the power to unilaterally undermine this trial. Every single senator will be empowered with an equal vote on how the trial will proceed. Though in just the past year, Mr. McConnell has used his position to unilaterally block legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act, lower the prices of prescription drugs and address the gun violence epidemic, he cannot wield the same authority in a Senate impeachment trial.

[OCS: By “blocking legislation,” I assume that Harris means the deeply flawed, unconstitutional, socialistic crap spewed from House Democrats who appeared to suffer from a break in reality. Nothing they propose can alter the fact that individuals commit crimes using whatever weapon is at hand and that criminals, crazies, and terrorists neither respect nor follow the law. To disarm law-abiding citizens in favor of thugs, is not only a violation of the Second Amendment, but an abridgement of our inalienable right to life and self-defense. Socialist price controls do not work and would result in negative consequences in the creation, availability, and distribution of drugs. Changing one law that permits drug manufacturers to sell directly to pharmacies without a mandated middleman would work. We need to clean up our election process – not destroy it along the lines which favor the Democrats.]

In this trial, senators will be far more than jurors. Every one of us will vote to determine the rules for the trial, decide which witnesses testify and ultimately serve as both court and jury. Each of us will be called on to uphold our oath with every decision we make. We will all be held accountable by the American people if we refuse to discover the facts relevant to the articles of impeachment.

[OCS: We saw what a House majority did and it was corrupt. Now let’s see what the Senate will do. Considering gerrymandered districts and one-party states, politicians may not be held accountable to the American people whom they often ignore in favor of their party and special interests.]

The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, has made a reasonable request to hear from four additional witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the president’s misconduct and to review documents that shed light on why the administration initially decided to cut off military aid to Ukraine.

[OCS: Chuck Schumer is a schmuck who wants to continue the corruption that we saw in House proceedings on the hopes that they can find something, anything that will convince the American people the Democrats are anything but political lowlifes pursuing a toxic ideology – no matter what the cost to our constitution and “We the People.” Why did not Schumer stand up and say something about his party’s majority denying the opposition the opportunity to call their witnesses? Because he is a corrupt weasel.]

We need to hear from Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, who admitted to Mr. Trump’s bribery scheme on live television, and from the former national security adviser, John Bolton, who has been shopping stories about Mr. Trump to book publishers instead of speaking with Congress. Every senator should want to hear from anyone who can speak directly to the president’s misconduct related to the articles of impeachment.

[OCS: Has Harris never heard about the Separation of Powers, the President’s plenary powers to conduct foreign affairs, or Presidential privileges?

Why should the Senate attempt to recreate what the House clearly failed to do in a competent manner?]

Even Richard Nixon allowed the key figures behind the Watergate scandal to speak to Congress, and he eventually turned over incriminating portions of his Oval Office recordings to investigators. But Mr. Trump has stonewalled Congress and inhibited our ability to seek justice by demanding that those closest to the center of the Ukraine scandal stay silent.

[OCS: This is crap. One, Nixon was accorded due process unlike President Trump. And two, there were significant court rulings – something the Democrats refused to wait for in their rush to impeach a president so close to an election. It seems that they are afraid of what the people may decide, and that decision may be contrary to their plans for the nation.]

Senators must be allowed to subpoena relevant witnesses and submit questions to them directly. The Senate should not vote on any article of impeachment or consider a motion to dismiss the trial until we have reviewed the additional testimony and evidence that Mr. Schumer has requested.

[OCS: Sorry, that’s what the House proceedings were for – and they were botched and corrupted. No do overs.]

I have never been in a courtroom where the accused can unilaterally block witnesses from testifying or prohibit prosecutors from asking witnesses questions. No court would allow a trial to proceed this way, and neither should any member of the Senate.

[OCS: This is not a legal proceeding, it is a political proceeding as the Democrats have told us on numerous occasions. No court would allow what happened in the House of Representatives, but Harris said nothing about this sham “investigation.”]

Ensuring the integrity of this trial is a solemn responsibility for every senator, with consequences that extend far beyond any one presidency. My colleagues and I have a duty to use our voice and our vote to insist on a fair trial, rooted in the pursuit of truth. We must demonstrate to the American people that in our system of justice all are equal under the law, and that there are not two sets of rules, one for Donald Trump and another for everybody else. We must conduct the Senate impeachment trial in a way that is fair and that reflects impartial justice.

[OCS: Yada, yada, yada!]

History will judge the actions taken by the United States Senate at a time when our Constitution and the rule of law were at stake. I’ll be fighting for justice and accountability, and my colleagues should too.

[OCS: You do not need to wait for history – only November 3, 2020.]

Kamala D. Harris is a Democratic senator from California.

<Source: New York Times>

Bottom line…

Nobody bought Kamala Harris as a viable 2020 presidential candidate, so she continues to audition for a vice presidency based on little more than her gender. To my way of thinking, Harris’ mistake was not finding someone like Bill Clinton to sleep with so she could become their heir apparent. and with weathervane politicians such as Kamala Harris.

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