Letter to the editor: Moran’s failure

To the editor:

In 1996, Kansans elected now-Sen. Jerry Moran to the House of Representatives. How such a man ascended to that office, I cannot say; I wasn’t alive. Since I first became politically conscious, however, I have learned enough about Moran’s voting record to expect little of the senator. Despite those low expectations, I hoped that he might at least vote in favor of allowing witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. On Friday, however, the characteristically obsequious Moran sided with the Republican majority in an unprecedented refusal to accept new information on the charges levied against Trump.

It is difficult to properly describe just how dangerous and backward Moran’s recent vote was. There have been 15 impeachment trials in the Senate before this one. Until now, not a single trial has lacked witnesses, nor has general stonewalling by one party ever so greatly affected the proceedings. Henceforth, it will be easy for the majority party to simply reject an impeachment case, no matter the severity of the offense in question. Moreover, a recent CNN poll showed that approximately 75% of Americans and 45% of Republicans wanted the Senate to hear more witnesses. Moran’s vote was not just dangerous; it ignored the public will and the wishes of the Kansans that he purports to represent.

Sen. Moran, you represent constituents in Kansas, not Mitch McConnell and President Trump. Act like it.

Lyle Griggs,

Lawrence

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