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MSNBC 26 Dec 2019

'Inconsistent': McConnell Slammed For Violating 'Oath' As 'Constitutional Officer'

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In a local Kentucky newspaper, Kent Greenfield penned a scathing op-ed critizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not being "impartial" and treating impeachment with "gravity." Greenfieled argues as the "foreman of the jury," McConnell has "an obligation to make sure" the "trial is impartial," but instead is "working with the defense to figure out strategy to get the defendant acquitted." Aired on 12/26/19.


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>>> A SCATHING OP-ED FROM
>>> A SCATHING OP-ED FROM McCONNELL’S HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER
McCONNELL’S HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SAYING McCONNELL IS ABOUT TO
SAYING McCONNELL IS ABOUT TO VIOLATE MULTIPLE OATHS OF
VIOLATE MULTIPLE OATHS OF OFFICE, QUOTE, McCONNELL’S
OFFICE, QUOTE, McCONNELL’S LOYALTY TO TRUMP SHOULD NOT
LOYALTY TO TRUMP SHOULD NOT OVERWHELM HIS LOYALTY TO THE
OVERWHELM HIS LOYALTY TO THE CONSTITUTION.
CONSTITUTION. ALL SENATORS SHOULD TAKE THEIR
ALL SENATORS SHOULD TAKE THEIR OBLIGATION OF FAITHFUL
OBLIGATION OF FAITHFUL IMPARTIALITY SERIOUSLY,
IMPARTIALITY SERIOUSLY, ESPECIALLY McCONNELL, ADDING
ESPECIALLY McCONNELL, ADDING HISTORY IS WATCHING AND IT WILL
HISTORY IS WATCHING AND IT WILL BE A HARSH JUDGE.
BE A HARSH JUDGE. JOINING ME IS THE WRITE R OF
JOINING ME IS THE WRITE R OF THAT OP-ED, KEN GREENFIELD.
THAT OP-ED, KEN GREENFIELD. KEN, GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US.
KEN, GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.
US. WHY DID YOU FEEL THE NEED TO
WHY DID YOU FEEL THE NEED TO WRITE THIS OP-ED AND SPEAK OUT?
WRITE THIS OP-ED AND SPEAK OUT? >> THANKS, AYMAN, IT’S GREAT TO
>> THANKS, AYMAN, IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE.
BE HERE. IN MY VIEW OF THE CONSTITUTION,
IN MY VIEW OF THE CONSTITUTION, SENATOR McCONNELL IS ABOUT TO
SENATOR McCONNELL IS ABOUT TO VIOLATE TWO.
VIOLATE TWO. THE PRESIDENT HAS VIOLATED HIS
THE PRESIDENT HAS VIOLATED HIS OATH OF OFFICE.
OATH OF OFFICE. THERE ARE ONLY TWO OTHER OATHS
THERE ARE ONLY TWO OTHER OATHS MENTIONED IN THE CONSTITUTION.
MENTIONED IN THE CONSTITUTION. ONE IS IN ARTICLE SIX WHICH
ONE IS IN ARTICLE SIX WHICH EVERY PUBLIC OFFICIAL TAKES TO
EVERY PUBLIC OFFICIAL TAKES TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT THE
SUPPORT AND PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION.
CONSTITUTION. THERE’S ANOTHER OATH MENTIONED
THERE’S ANOTHER OATH MENTIONED IN ARTICLE ONE, AND IT SET OUT
IN ARTICLE ONE, AND IT SET OUT THAT WHEN THE SENATORS SIT TO
THAT WHEN THE SENATORS SIT TO TRY IMPEACHMENT, THEY MUST SIT
TRY IMPEACHMENT, THEY MUST SIT BY OATH AND BE BOUND BY OATH OR
BY OATH AND BE BOUND BY OATH OR AFFIRMATION WHICH MEANS THE
AFFIRMATION WHICH MEANS THE FRAMERS KNEW THAT THIS WAS ONE
FRAMERS KNEW THAT THIS WAS ONE OF THE GRAVEST THINGS THAT THE
OF THE GRAVEST THINGS THAT THE SENATE WOULD EVER DO.
SENATE WOULD EVER DO. AND THEY SHOULDN’T JUST TAKE IT
AND THEY SHOULDN’T JUST TAKE IT AS A POLITICAL MATTER.
AS A POLITICAL MATTER. IT’S A LEGAL REMEDY FOR ABUSE OF
IT’S A LEGAL REMEDY FOR ABUSE OF POWER OF THE PRESIDENT.
POWER OF THE PRESIDENT. AND THEY HAVE TO BE IMPARTIAL
AND THEY HAVE TO BE IMPARTIAL AND HAVE TO TAKE IT VERY
AND HAVE TO TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY, WITH THE GRAVITY THAT
SERIOUSLY, WITH THE GRAVITY THAT IT DESERVES.
IT DESERVES. >> NOT TO GO DOWN A HISTORY
>> NOT TO GO DOWN A HISTORY LESSON HERE, BUT GIVEN THE FACT
LESSON HERE, BUT GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE ARE FINDING OURSELVES IN
THAT WE ARE FINDING OURSELVES IN THIS MOMENT, I WANT TO ASK YOU A
THIS MOMENT, I WANT TO ASK YOU A QUESTION THAT I ALSO ASKED NICK
QUESTION THAT I ALSO ASKED NICK ACREMAN EARLIER WHICH IS DO YOU
ACREMAN EARLIER WHICH IS DO YOU THINK THE FRAMERS OF THE
THINK THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION EVER ENVISIONED A
CONSTITUTION EVER ENVISIONED A MOMENT WHERE THE SENATE WHICH IS
MOMENT WHERE THE SENATE WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE PART OF A COEQUAL
SUPPOSED TO BE PART OF A COEQUAL BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD
BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE SO CO-OPTED BY THE PRESIDENT,
BE SO CO-OPTED BY THE PRESIDENT, A SEPARATE BRANCH OF THE
A SEPARATE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT, THAT A SIMPLE OATH
GOVERNMENT, THAT A SIMPLE OATH LIKE THIS THAT YOU’RE CONCERNED
LIKE THIS THAT YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT COULD BE VIOLATED SO
ABOUT COULD BE VIOLATED SO EASILY.
EASILY. >> NOT AT ALL.
>> NOT AT ALL. THE PARTY IN THE WAY THAT WE
THE PARTY IN THE WAY THAT WE KNOW THEM DID NOT EXIST AT THE
KNOW THEM DID NOT EXIST AT THE TIME.
TIME. THERE’S SUPPOSED TO BE A
THERE’S SUPPOSED TO BE A SEPARATION OF POWERS AND BALANCE
SEPARATION OF POWERS AND BALANCE OF POWERS BETWEEN THE CONGRESS
OF POWERS BETWEEN THE CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT.
AND THE PRESIDENT. IT WOULD HAVE SURPRISED THEM
IT WOULD HAVE SURPRISED THEM THAT THE GOP WOULD HAVE BEEN
THAT THE GOP WOULD HAVE BEEN ESSENTIALLY MIRRORING THE
ESSENTIALLY MIRRORING THE PRESIDENT’S STRATEGY IN THE
PRESIDENT’S STRATEGY IN THE SENATE.
SENATE. SENATOR McCONNELL SAY
SENATOR McCONNELL SAY CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICER.
CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICER. HE HAS AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE
HE HAS AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS TRIAL IS
SURE THAT THIS TRIAL IS IMPARTIAL, AND IT’S LIKE HE’S IN
IMPARTIAL, AND IT’S LIKE HE’S IN A SENSE THE FOREMAN OF THE JURY.
A SENSE THE FOREMAN OF THE JURY. SO, THE FOREMAN OF THE JURY IS
SO, THE FOREMAN OF THE JURY IS WORKING WITH THE DEFENSE TO
WORKING WITH THE DEFENSE TO FIGURE OUT STRATEGY TO GET THE
FIGURE OUT STRATEGY TO GET THE DEFENDANT ACQUITTED.
DEFENDANT ACQUITTED. AND THAT’S INCONSISTENT WITH
AND THAT’S INCONSISTENT WITH WHAT I THINK THE TEXT OF THE
WHAT I THINK THE TEXT OF THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES.
CONSTITUTION REQUIRES. >> WHAT KIND OF REACTION ARE YOU
>> WHAT KIND OF REACTION ARE YOU GETTING FROM YOUR FELLOW KENT
GETTING FROM YOUR FELLOW KENT KENTUCKIANS TODAY?
KENTUCKIANS TODAY? >> I HEARD ABOUT THIS EMAIL
>> I HEARD ABOUT THIS EMAIL FIRST EARLY ON IN THE MORNING, I
FIRST EARLY ON IN THE MORNING, I GOT AN EMAIL FROM A FORMER
GOT AN EMAIL FROM A FORMER STUDENT WHO WAS TLO.
STUDENT WHO WAS TLO. AND WHO KNOWS, KENTUCKY I THINK
AND WHO KNOWS, KENTUCKY I THINK IS A STATE THAT HAS BEEN FIRMLY
IS A STATE THAT HAS BEEN FIRMLY IN TRUMP’S CAMP.
IN TRUMP’S CAMP. BUT I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE IN
BUT I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE IN KENTUCKY ARE VERY -- TAKE THEIR
KENTUCKY ARE VERY -- TAKE THEIR HONESTY SERIOUSLY.
HONESTY SERIOUSLY. AND I KNOW THAT SENATOR
AND I KNOW THAT SENATOR McCONNELL IS NOT THE MOST
McCONNELL IS NOT THE MOST POPULAR POLITICIAN IN THE STATE.
POPULAR POLITICIAN IN THE STATE. THE GOVERNOR’S RACE WAS JUST WON
THE GOVERNOR’S RACE WAS JUST WON BY A DEMOCRAT.
BY A DEMOCRAT. SO, I THINK THERE’S SOME REASON
SO, I THINK THERE’S SOME REASON TO BELIEVE THAT MY FELLOW
TO BELIEVE THAT MY FELLOW KENTUCKIANS WILL BE PART OF THIS
KENTUCKIANS WILL BE PART OF THIS EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT SENATOR
EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT SENATOR McCONNELL TAKES CARE THAT HE
McCONNELL TAKES CARE THAT HE ABIDES TO HIS -- WITH HIS OATHS.

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