Letters to the Editor

Jan. 31, 2020: “A day which shall live in infamy.”

This quote, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was his way to describe Dec. 7, 1941. Granted, the more recent date pales in comparison to the start of World War II for the United States. However, I strongly believe in the guilt of President Trump by his violation of the power restrictions set on the office of president. Also, there is overwhelming evidence Trump obstructed the impeachment investigations by withholding evidence and forcing White House insiders not to testify. Jan. 31, 2020, may not become a memorable date in American history, but this date is infamous due to U.S. senators voting to deny all Americans the right to view a complete and honest impeachment trial.

In my 61 years, I have seen a president assassinated, a president send tens of thousands of soldiers to their deaths in Vietnam, a president all but forced to resign in shame and two presidents impeached. One president was impeached due to vile adulterous behaviors and being obstructive toward Congress. One president was impeached due to greatly violating the U.S. Constitution.

Trump’s bribing President Zelenskiy to, do us a favor; though, in order for Zelenskiy's military to receive financial aid, this is the perfect example of “guilt by one’s own mouth.” It is truly beyond my comprehension how 51 – or more – U.S. Senators will look straight into all Americans’ eyes and say, “The Trump/Zelenskiy phone call is absolutely no proof of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’”

I take a small comfort knowing the Founding Fathers would absolutely view this phone call as presidential bribery.

We must ask, “Will truth ever rule in government?”

Timothy Monroe Bledsoe

North Augusta