(The following is a letter sent by Sen. Martha McSally to a constituent concerned about the impeachment of President Trump.)

Our Founding Fathers were clear that impeachment and conviction of a president is an extreme action of last resort, to be used for only the gravest offenses. By requiring a two-thirds vote in the Senate, the framers warned against impeachment as a political weapon by an oppositional party. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi used to agree.

I voted against convicting President Trump of the two articles of impeachment. I opposed removing the president from office and the 2020 ballot as this outcome would have been deeply disruptive to the functioning of our government, further divided our nation, and would prevent the American people from deciding who their president should be at the ballot box. The American people collectively are better fit to judge Donald Trump’s presidency as a whole than the partisan politicians in Washington who brought forth this impeachment.

This presidential impeachment is historic for dangerous reasons. It is the first partisan House impeachment with bipartisan opposition. It is the first to deny procedural fairness protections to the president during the House inquiry. It was done in a mere 48 days with no serious attempt to fully resolve all separation of powers issues. This is a reckless precedent in its entirety, especially the House’s attempt to force the Senate to do the work it should have completed before articles were ever sent over. This rushed, incomplete, and unfair process should never be repeated by either party in the future.

The President is not perfect, and the way he evidently attempted to address his legitimate concerns about corruption involving the Bidens was inappropriate. Even if all the House Democrats allege is accurate, even if John Bolton supports their allegations in his book, even if other negative information comes out in the future, this does not rise to anywhere near the level of throwing the president out of office or off the ballot for the first time in American history. Beyond that, House Democrats failure to exhaust all available avenues to obtain witnesses and records, by definition, invalidated their frivolous charge of obstruction of Congress. This entire matter, ultimately, should have been handled via the normal oversight processes available to Congress with subpoena disputes resolved in the courts. You can’t argue, as Nancy Pelosi did, that the president is an urgent danger to national security and then wait for over a month before sending an incomplete work product to the Senate. Her actions were transparently political and not at all in line with the grave nature of our impeachment process.

After 13 witnesses, over 28,000 pages of evidence, and nine days of presentations, the Senate did its constitutional duty to try this impeachment. The Democrats simply failed to convince the Senate—or the American people—that the president should be removed from office. It is only fair that the American people decide who their president should be. It’s time for the Senate to resume its focus on issues that matter to real people, like the cost of prescription drugs, access to affordable health care, and taking care of our veterans.

(1) comment

ArizAl

Obviously, Mcsally believes that it is alright to commit crimes against the United States, to invite foreign countries to interfere in our elections. Trump did it publicly and Mcsally apperantly supports his criminal anti-american actions that would take away the american people's right to decide who they chose as their leader. The phony politician she has demonstrated to be is spotlighted by her support for Trump in not honoring the presidential oath of office and defending our country from the cyber attacks on our elections. Mcsally has decided to take the word of the pathological liar, crooked businessman,self admitted sexual predator over the nation's 17 intelligence agencies. An American Patriot would not take the word of the authoritarian Russian Putin who is responsible for the cyber attacks on our country over our own intelligence agencies. Surely Mcsally and Trump are not American Patriots. Moreover, throughout the centuries since the Revolutionary War millions of american soldiers have died in defense of our Constitution, our country, our sovereignty, yet Trump and Mcsally invite other countries to destroy our nation.

This amounts to a fact that a vote for Mcsally is also a vote for Putin.

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