A lot of people have been making noise about how brave Willard was to give Bigly Brother Trump the old kancho, but you know who deserves as much praise and isn’t getting it: Sen. Doug Jones, who may very well lose his lonely Democratic seat in Alabama.
Sen. Jones made a statement, too, and because everyone is marvelling that Willard got on his hind legs, we thought maybe we should amplify what Jones said:
“These solemn oaths have been my guides during what has been a difficult time for our country, for my state, and for me personally. I did not run for Senate hoping to participate in the impeachment trial of a duly-elected President, but I cannot and will not shrink from my duty to defend the Constitution and to do impartial justice.
“In keeping with my oaths, I resolved that throughout this process I would keep an open mind and hear all of the evidence before making a final decision on the charges against the President. For months, I have been studying the facts of this case exhaustively. I have read thousands of pages of transcripts, watched videos of testimony, taken copious notes, reviewed history and precedents and discussed this case with colleagues, staff, and constituents, in addition to having participated in the Senate trial over the past two weeks. After many sleepless nights, I have reluctantly concluded that the evidence is sufficient to convict the President for both abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
“With the eyes of history upon us, I am acutely aware of the precedents this impeachment trial will set for future presidencies and Congresses. Unfortunately, I do not believe those precedents are good ones. I am particularly concerned that we have now set a precedent that a fair trial in the Senate does not include witnesses and documentary evidence, even when those witnesses have first-hand information and the evidence would provide the Senate and the American people with a more complete picture of the truth.”
That’s a fine bit of writing from a man who’s long been brave and done the right thing and taken on the good fight against incredible odds.
If you want to give a few Ameros to help Jones against his likely opponent Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions III, Act Blue is a good place to go.