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Questions on the president’s impeachment trial

TIM MANNELLO

Williamsport

Did President Trump cheat to try to influence the 2020 election in his favor by pressuring a foreign leader to announce an investigation into his political rival, Joe Biden? I think so.

Is seeking the interference of a foreign leader with the intention of affecting the outcome of an American presidential election an impeachable offense?

I think so. If not, what is?

Should all available relevant information related to these two questions be allowed in evidence at the Senate trial by the Republican majority? I think so, but it won’t happen if Mitch McConnell and his caucus have anything to say about it.

Many senators have already indicated they won’t be impartial jurors, or have announced in advance the outcome of the trial. How can they honor their oaths and make their decisions about acquittal or conviction based on impartial consideration of the evidence? They can’t, if they keep their word NOT to be impartial.

Will President Trump be acquitted; that is, not be convicted by a simple majority of the Senatorial jurors because they believe the evidence presented is not sufficient to justify conviction? I think so.

Will President Trump be exonerated; that is, be considered innocent by a majority of Americans and by history, in light of all of the available evidence?

I don’t think so. My conclusion: Donald J. Trump is indeed perfect at something. He is the perfect cheat … on things big and small. Evidence suggests he cheats at business. He cheats on his wives. He cheats on his taxes. He cheats on the truth. He cheated on the draft.

I say he is cheating again on the very heart of our democracy: Our free elections in 2020. To top it all off, he is currently cheating in his impeachment trial for cheating. And once again, as he has done throughout his life, President Trump will have beaten the rap as a serial cheater.

You’ve got to give it to him. He was right: He can get away with “murder.”

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