Dear Senators Wyden and Merkley,
Recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets reveal that Senator Lyndsey Graham is personally assisting in putting together a team of lawyers to defend Donald Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial.
I know that Lyndsey Graham has been very “flexible” in his views on Donald Trump over the past 5 plus years. If this story proves to be true, this behavior of Senator Graham tops them all. How is it legally/ethically possible for a U.S. Senator to help an impeachment defendant set up that defendant’s legal team? Senator Graham is going to sit as a juror in this trial.
Before the trial, Chief Justice Roberts will have Senators take this oath:
“Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God?”
Please speak up and call Senator Graham out for his flagrant disregard for the pre-trial oath he will take. His behavior violates this oath to be an impartial juror and protect the Constitution. This cannot be allowed to continue. How can any Senator sit silently by, looking the other way, allowing this to occur without insisting that Senator Graham be held accountable?
I hear speeches from the House and Senate floors about “protecting our sacred Constitution.” All Senators are called to put these words into action! Such behavior must not be allowed in our legislative branch. This letter is not about Republican versus Democrat. I assure you that I will express the same outrage if a Democratic senator ever engages in such activity!
Thank you for your service to me and all Oregonians.