In case you didn’t notice, there is a trial of some importance taking place this week in Washington, D.C. Now, I used to watch Perry Mason, and a number of other courtroom dramas, the names of which elude me at the moment, so I have an idea how a trial is supposed to be conducted, how lawyers, defendants, and jurors are supposed to act, but this trial is like nothing I have ever seen before.
First, the defendant is nowhere to be seen. He decided that it was too cold up north to leave his Florida resort, and besides, he had a golf game scheduled for yesterday. But what really blows my mind is the jurors! Have you ever seen a trial where the jurors, rather than being bothered with listening to the evidence being presented by the prosecution, got up and walked around, texted on their phones … about breast milk, for some strange reason?
Worse yet, can you imagine a murder trial where three of the jurors have a closed-door session with the defense attorneys??? NO, just NO … this is illegal, immoral, unconscionable, and a number of other adjectives I can think of once the steam stops coming out of my ears!
House impeachment managers, the prosecution, were presenting compelling evidence of the attack on Congress and the Capitol and the defendant’s involvement in said attack on Wednesday afternoon, but Ted Cruz and several other Republican senators were apparently bored watching themselves narrowly escape the violence on January 6th and instead sought other distractions, such as shuffling papers, or playing on their cell phones like Teddy was doing.
Under absolutely no circumstances, in a trial, are the lawyers on either side allowed to meet in private with jurors. That is called tampering with the jury, it is illegal. Period. No ifs, ands, or buts. Trump’s legal team and the three Republican senators, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Lee are all in violation of the law for their little tête-à-tête . They are attempting to turn this trial into a sham, but all they are doing is further destroying their reputations and that of the Republican Party, for they are proving with every passing minute that there is no collective conscience. The Republican Party has decided that they don’t need to represent the will of the people, but instead will do whatever they damn well please, and force us to continue to pay their salaries.
“We were discussing their legal strategy and sharing our thoughts,” said Cruz. No, jackass … you are not a member of the legal team … you are the jury! Your job is to listen to both sides and decide which has merit, not collude with one side against the other. You are the damn jurors in this case! In a normal trial, the judge would at this point likely declare a mistrial and schedule a new trial, else dismiss the jurors and call for a new selection. But this is an impeachment trial and apparently the Republicans in Congress are allowed to make and break the rules with impunity. Imagine if the Democrats tried that!
The public has heard the evidence, and while the corruption is so rampant in the Republican Party that the senators will allow a conman, a man guilty of plotting murder free to incite further violence, to kill again, We the People know that he is guilty. We weren’t playing on our cell phones while the evidence was being presented, and we did not collude with the lawyers for the defense. We saw the evidence, we know Donald Trump is guilty, and we will never again trust him or those senators who refused to perform their duty, to uphold their oaths. We Will Not Forget. Ever.