CODGERTATING: WHEN OLD GUYS THINK.
Due process, that is. Congressman Adam “Shifty” Shiff (D-CA) conduced the “Shiff Show,” the impeach-Trump farce which has now gone to the Judiciary Committee headed by Jerry Nadler (D-NY). Speaker Pelosi has instructed Nadler to draw up articles of impeachment. The process has been anything but fair and that is by design. The intention was to impeach all along. The phone call to the Ukrainian president is just an excuse for Pelosi, Nadler and Shiff to conduct a Soviet show trial to move public opinion against Trump thereby damaging him in the election less than 1 year away. But in doing so they have utterly trashed Due Process rights which are fundamental to our criminal justice system. Fanatics are single minded and never think about the long-term consequences of their actions. If they can railroad the most powerful man on the planet, they can do it to YOU. These Due Process rights come to us from the mother country, England, and have been in place since the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Someone tell the House Democrats about them. Here they are:
1. The right to confront your accuser.
2. The right to cross-examine your accuser.
3. The right to call witnesses.
4. The right to cross-examine witnesses.
5. The right to present evidence.
6. The right to counsel.
7. The right to a public trial.
Trump was deprived of all of these. Clinton, Nixon and Johnson who were each impeached, were not. Now the sham has moved to the Senate where Trump and the Republicans can really wage a fight. Do it, House Democrats! Impeach him, and let all that you have hidden come out. I can’t wait.
Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.