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Duckworth Statement on Senate’s Failure to Call Witnesses for Impeachment Trial | U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois

January 31, 2020

[WASHINGTON,
D.C.] – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following
statement after the Republican-led Senate voted to block witnesses and
documents in the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump:

 

“28
years ago, I stood in camouflage, faced my superior officer and took the Army’s
oath of enlistment, solemnly swearing that I would support and defend the
Constitution of the United States, so help me God. Three years ago, I took a
similar oath, raising both my hand and my voice under our great Capitol dome,
and promising again to defend our nation’s most sacred document to discharge
the duties of my office, no matter what. Those oaths have guided me every hour
of every day that I’ve been lucky enough to call myself first a Soldier and
then a Senator, helping me make choices and take actions that I felt were good
and just everywhere from the Middle East to the Midwest to D.C.

 

“Two
weeks ago, each of us took yet another pledge: to render ‘impartial justice
according to the Constitution and laws’ throughout the course of this
impeachment trial. I took that oath every bit as seriously as I have my others.
I wish my colleagues on the other side of the aisle were willing to do the same
instead of helping the White House perpetrate a cover-up. I don’t question how
they will justify their votes politically, but I do not understand how they can
justify them morally when all signs suggest that additional evidence—on top of
the clear and convincing case presented by the House Managers—will come to
light in the coming days, weeks and months that points towards the President’s
guilt.

 

“Similarly,
I do not understand why, if they believe Donald Trump is innocent they wouldn’t
want to allow witnesses or documents that could have exonerated him. And to my
colleagues who suggest that even if the President is guilty—and regardless of
what witnesses with firsthand knowledge of what happened have to say—of these
charges, they do not warrant removal from office: there is simply no way to
know that without hearing from those very witnesses.

 

“Everyone
understands that fair trials have witnesses, and everyone also understands that
any acquittal in a sham trial is meaningless. I am deeply disappointed that
Mitch McConnell and so many Republican senators cared more about protecting
Donald Trump than protecting our Constitution and the rule of law. The American
people will eventually be able to make up their own minds when all the evidence
becomes public. I hope they make a better decision than the United States
Senate did tonight.”

 

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