A Needless Delay
Unfortunately, unlike previous impeachments in American history, the process resolution was written solely by Democrats, without any Republican input whatsoever. Moreover, when the resolution came through the House Rules Committee where I serve as Ranking Member, all 17 constructive amendments Republicans proposed to ensure a fair and open process were denied. It should come as no surprise then that only Democrats supported the process resolution when it came to the House floor for a vote. In the weeks that followed, House Democrats rushed through their clearly partisan investigations to impeach the president by Christmas, whether there was indisputable evidence or not. At the end of it, Democrats chose to impeach in the most partisan and unfair fashion over something that did not even happen. If you have not done so already, I encourage you to read for yourself the call transcript released by the White House and at the center of this whole ordeal – President Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky. While impeachment has finally reached the Senate, it’s very telling that House Democrats are now trying to change their case by demanding consideration of new evidence and calling additional witnesses. Again, if they believed there was enough to impeach when they impeached, there would be no need for such a request.
While Democrats spend their time further politicizing impeachment, @POTUS is doing the work of the American people, today delivering another HISTORIC trade win for job creators, workers and the economy. pic.twitter.com/E5iydHrQwz— Rep. Tom Cole (@TomColeOK04) January 15, 2020
Moreover, if they really sought to turn over all stones in their investigation, they should have allowed time for the courts to decide whether certain witnesses could lawfully be compelled to appear. Rather than wait it out and treat impeachment with the somberness and seriousness they claimed existed, they chose to prematurely impeach anyway and without grounds to do so. Though the rushed process in the House was clearly one-sided, I believe the Senate trial will rightly restore fairness for the president and will further reveal the Democrats’ partisan intentions. Since President Trump was elected, Democrats have wanted him out of office. Whether they like him or not, however, he is the duly elected President of the United States. And their blatantly partisan and unfair impeachment not only disrespects the results of the last election and those who voted for him, it unnecessarily disrupts Congress’ ability to get bipartisan work done for the American people. And dangerously so, impeachment makes our nation much more polarized and divided.
Tom Cole, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is serving his eighth term in Congress as the elected representative of Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District. He is recognized as an advocate for taxpayers and small business, a proponent for a strong national defense and a leader in promoting biomedical research. He is considered the foremost expert in the House on issues dealing with Native Americans and tribal governments. He and his wife, Ellen, have one son, Mason, and reside in Moore, Oklahoma.
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