Editor:


Trump has retained his office, not vindicated, by a mindless not guilty vote by 52 lockstep Republican senators who disregarded their pledge to be fair and unbiased. The House’s managers proved beyond a doubt that Trump committed a number of crimes, including trying to bribe a foreign official (with my money), inviting this official to participate in his re-election (God forbid), then doing whatever he could to cover it up.


He maintains he “did nothing wrong” as did his hog-tied lawyers. In his warped mind, there is nothing wrong with breaking the law.


Dershowitz claimed Trump could get away with anything, if he thought it was “good for the country.” Nonsense. Forget about our laws, the Constitution and common sense. Withholding money appropriated by Congress is a crime. Trump stonewalled the House in their constitutional efforts to get to the truth, both in their hearing and in the Senate trial where he was abetted by the same shameless senators who found him not guilty, which they knew even before the trial.


In this painful process Trump set an unconstitutional precedent, along with his mindless Republican cohorts. They have shredded the constitutional framework of checks and balances which our founding fathers put in the Constitution to protect the American people from presidents like Trump. They never envisioned a solid block of corrupt Republican diehards who refused to do their elected obligation to the American people.


I don’t think that it was in our interest for Trump to have a shadow diplomat, Rudy Gulliani, running around the Ukraine doing clandestine diplomacy involving our 2020 election which in all probability the State Department refused to do, as too icky, and probably under surveillance by the FBI. If the Ukraine is corrupted, not only is it none of our business, but obviously, it does not rise to the level of Washington D.C.


Richard B. Hyman


Stillwater