The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts officially swore in senators on Thursday for the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, asking all senators to take an oath of impartiality.

“Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God?” reads the oath 99 senators swore, signing their name in a book to make their oath official. One senator was missing from the swearing in: Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe, who was in his home state tending to a sick family member.

By taking that oath, however, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham committed perjury, as both previously said aloud that they do not plan to be impartial at all.

“I’m not an impartial juror,” McConnell declared in December. “This is a political process. There is not anything judicial about it. Impeachment is a political decision.”

Graham made a similar declaration back in December.

“I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here,” Graham said.

A number of other Republicans have also said that they do not plan to convict Trump.

But not many have been as blatant as McConnell and Graham in openly admitting they have no intention of being impartial or fair, despite the oath requiring them to be.

The definition of perjury is “the voluntary violation of an oath or vow either by swearing to what is untrue or by omission to do what has been promised under oath.”

So by swearing to be impartial even though they have no plans to be, Richard Painter, a former White House ethics lawyer during President George W. Bush’s administration, said that dozens of Republican senators may have committed perjury.

“We shall see, but a new record may have been set today on January 16, 2020. By swearing an oath to be impartial more senators may have committed perjury on the same day in the same place than on any other day in U.S. history,” Painter tweeted.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

IMAGE: Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr.

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Americans are currently experiencing one of the most peculiar public episodes of my lifetime. Amid a deadly worldwide disease epidemic, many people are behaving like medieval peasants: alternately denying the existence of the plague, blaming an assortment of imaginary villains, or running around seeking chimerical miracle cures.

Feed store Ivermectin? I've administered it to horses, cows and dogs. But to my wife? No thank you. It says right on the label that it's not for human consumption. But at least you won't die of heartworm.

Keep reading... Show less

Danziger Draws

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

x
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}