December 18, 2019: Statement on the Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump

By Communications Department

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Hank Greenberg released the following statement regarding the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 18, 2019:

“The U.S. Senate must now conduct a trial, presided over by the Chief Justice of the United States.  Each Senator will take an oath in which they “solemnly swear” to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.’”

“The Senators who sit in judgment of the President bear an awesome responsibility. There are few — if
any — weightier matters in our constitutional scheme of government than the potential removal of a president.”

“The impeachment process was not intended to be a purely political exercise.   The coming trial is an extraordinarily solemn and sober proceeding that should be determined in accordance with the
facts and applicable law.”

“At stake is the rule of law itself, which is the foundation of America.”

“If the evidence shows that President Trump committed an impeachable offense, Senators should vote to remove him from office.  If the evidence is insufficient, the President should be acquitted.”

“If Senators cast their votes based on partisanship or political bias, they will have violated their oaths and rendered meaningless the Constitution’s impeachment provisions.”

“Moreover, if they acquit against the evidence, if they sanction proven lawlessness by the President, they will establish a precedent that could transform the very nature of our system of government.”

“The rule of law is our sacred inheritance.  For the sake of future generations, we must demand the Senate give the full measure of devotion to our founding principles.”

Contact: Susan DeSantis

[email protected]

518/487-5780

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