Kentucky’s Louisville Courier Journal published a scathing editorial after Christmas Day accusing Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of violating his oath of office.
In the Constitution’s main body, there are only three oaths mentioned.
The editorial by Kent Greenfield, a sixth-generation Kentuckian, points out that while President Trump has violated one of those oaths mentioned in the Constitution, McConnell has violated the other two: one to uphold the Constitution and the other to ensure a fair trial if the President was being impeached.
What does it say?
The Constitution does not set out the text of the trial oath, but the Senate rules do. Senators will ‘‘solemnly swear … that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.’’ …
But we have already seen indications that McConnell has no intention of doing impartial justice. He has said that he does not consider himself an “impartial juror.” He is coordinating strategy with the White House. He has already called the case against the president “thin” and “incoherent.”
He adds that McConnell’s loyalty to Trump should not overwhelm his loyalty to the Constitution.
If Republican Senators were concerned that President Trump was not getting a fair hearing, they could call their own witnesses, he says.
Why does it matter?
Moscow Mitch, as he is now commonly known, is hugely unpopular in the state of Kentucky, increasingly because of his blind obedience to President Trump. A recent poll showed his job approval rating down 18%, with only 37% of Kentuckians saying they would vote for him again in 2020. His pick for KY Governor, Matt Bevin, recently lost his race to Democrat Andy Beshear.
Kent Greenfield ends his editorial by saying, “History is watching, and it will be a harsh judge.”