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Mon Dec 30, 2019, 08:53 PM Dec 2019

Doug Jones: Every trial is a pursuit of truth. Will my colleagues in the Senate uphold that?

“Verdict,” from the Latin “veredictum,” means “to say the truth.”

Soon, my colleagues in the Senate and I will be called on to fulfill a solemn constitutional duty: to render verdicts — to say the truth — in the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump. Our decision will have enormous consequences, not just for President Trump, but for future presidencies and Congresses, and our national security.

For Americans to have confidence in the impeachment process, the Senate must conduct a full, fair and complete trial with all relevant evidence regarding the president’s conduct. I fear, however, that we are headed toward a trial that is not intended to find the whole truth. For the sake of the country, this must change.

Procedures in prior impeachment trials set no precedents because each is unique to its particular set of facts. Unlike the investigation of President Bill Clinton, Trump has blocked both the production of virtually all relevant documents and the testimony of witnesses who have firsthand knowledge of the facts. The evidence we do have may be sufficient to make a judgment, but it is clearly incomplete.


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Doug Jones: Every trial is a pursuit of truth. Will my colleagues in the Senate uphold that? (Original Post) Zorro Dec 2019 OP
I hope Alabama wises up and reelects him. Karadeniz Dec 2019 #1
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