At the start of the impeachment trial in the Senate, each Senator took an oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts:
“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? “
I’m going to argue every Democratic Senator, plus Mittens, violated that oath.
During the impeachment trial, the Democrats made an argument that witnesses were absolutely needed to for the Senate to have all the evidence needed to conduct a fair trial. To that end, the Senate voted on the issue of calling witnesses:
“The final tally was 51 votes against the motion, and 49 in favor.
The vote dashed Democrats’ hopes of hearing testimony from former Trump national security advisor John Bolton, and it shifted the weeks-long trial into its final stages.
Two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Utah’s Mitt Romney, broke with their party in order to join Democrats in voting to admit additional evidence, but the majority, 51 Republicans, did not.
Democrats had needed at least four GOP senators to vote with them, and they fell short of that threshold by two votes. “
So every Democratic Senator plus Susan Collins and Mitt Romney voted to include witnesses because they regarded witnesses as vital to determine what happened. As an aside, I would have preferred witnesses myself. Considering how absurd this impeachment was, it would have benefited the country to have an impeachment trial in which everyone involved, from the whistleblower, to Adam Schiff, to Nancy Pelosi and the Bidens, testify under oath. Heh, it could have been an amusing couple of months!
So what happened at the conclusion of the trial?
“On Feb. 5, the Senate voted 52-48 to acquit Trump on the abuse of power impeachment article and voted 53-47 to acquit Trump on the obstruction of Congress impeachment article. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) was the only senator who broke with his party, voting to convict Trump on abuse of power. “
So every Democrat, plus “Pierre Delecto,” after arguing that they didn’t have enough evidence and they needed more, decided to say, eh fuck it, and vote guilty anyway. That seems a pretty clear violation of their oath to do “impartial justice.” Justice was never on the menu.