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Proceedings should include a fair trial

RE: “Rabid Democrats have pushed the public beyond reason” [Letters, Jan. 1]:

Following from Toni Powling’s assumption in her Jan. 1 Reformer letter that impeachment proceedings ought to follow traditional due process procedures such as having a “speedy trial,” then those procedures also need to include a “fair trial.”

Impartial jurors — Sens. McConnell and Graham, for example — should not be aligning themselves with one side or the other.

And if discovery occurred in the House, leading up to the articles of impeachment, then a full trial — one that would include testimony from witnesses, such as Mick Mulvaney, Don McGahn, and John Bolton — would appropriately take place in the Senate.

Robert A. Oeser
Brattleboro

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Originally published in The Commons issue #543 (Wednesday, January 8, 2020). This story appeared on page C7.

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