Red received the following from Sen. John Cornyn (TPC- Texas) in response to an email from Red urging the Senior Senator to vote to convict Trump. As usual, Red has to translate for the reader to get the true meaning of JC’s response.
Thank you for contacting me regarding the impeachment of former President Donald J. Trump (that word “former” really stings). I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this important matter (which I will completely ignore).
America has experienced hard-fought elections in the past, and our leaders have always found a way to come together and resolve our differences to address the issues facing our nation (until 2020 anyway). Our Founding Fathers wisely developed a system of checks and balances to prevent an accumulation of excessive power in any single branch of government (when in doubt play the Founding Fathers card). I am committed to exercising appropriate congressional oversight to prevent abuses of power whenever and wherever they emerge (as long as they involve Democrats).
We were all stunned and saddened by the tragic events that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 (everyone but Trump and his supporters anyway). What we witnessed on that day was an attack on American democracy (this is the line I have to throw out to seem reasonable). I fully condemn the violence and lawlessness that occurred, and hope those perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (every perpetrator other than the glorious former President that is who needs to skate).
Since that day, I’ve spent time reflecting on our democracy (we need more gerrymandering), the rule of law (a flexible concept), and the importance of continuing to protect our cherished institutions (the GOP), including those that were under attack on that day. We all have a part in standing up for our democracy (mine is being a groveling bootlick for Trump), for respecting those with different views (I respect the center right, the right and batshit crazy right), and for coming together as Americans unified in the common cause of ensuring our democracy can continue to be the world’s envy for generations to come (not the laughing stock that we are now).
On January 13, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump, and on January 25, 2021, the House impeachment managers delivered the article of impeachment (H.Res.24) to the Senate (I’ve got to throw this in because it’s the big excuse instead of pointing out that Moscow Mitch had the Senate in recess so that nothing could be delivered before that date). As a United States Senator, it is now incumbent on me to thoroughly review the evidence (give me 5 minutes) and consider the arguments submitted by both sides (or the utter bullshit spewed out by Trump’s defense team) in determining whether former President Trump should be convicted of the specific charges outlined in H.Res.24 (short answer – No – I want to be reelected).
Due its rushed nature, I have some concerns about the process and the lack of investigation done by the U.S. House of Representatives before voting on impeachment (despite all the evidence being out there in the open). Typically, the House conducts numerous hearings, reviews documents, and develops witness testimony before debating whether impeachment is an appropriate action. None of that appears to have been done in this instance (you can see where this is heading).
In addition, I have concerns about the precedent being set by impeaching a former President, and how it may lead to the impeachment power being wielded in the future as a political a weapon, opposed to a “grand inquisition” into whether a public official committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.” (unless of course they are Democrats then all bets are off). As I sit in judgment serving as a juror for the impeachment trial, I will be guided by my oath to do “impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws” (and if you believe that I have slightly used Capitol building to sell you).
Again, thank you for sharing your perspective on impeachment, and I hope you will continue to contact me regarding matters of importance to you (I like ignoring stuff). I appreciate having the opportunity to represent Texas in the United States Senate (as a proud member of the Trump Personality Cult).
United States Senator