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MSNBC 26 Dec 2019

KY Newspaper Op-ed Calls Out McConnell For 'Violating' Constitutional Oaths

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Mitch McConnell has declared he will not be an impartial juror in the impeachment of President Trump. Kentucky native Kent Greenfield, a law professor, tells Ayman Mohyeldin that McConnell is violating Article I and Article IV oaths of office in the Constitution. Aired on 12/26/19.


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Downy and it‘s done.
>>> ALL RIGHT. Downy and it‘s done.
>>> ALL RIGHT. TIME FOR TONIGHT’S LAST WORD.
TIME FOR TONIGHT’S LAST WORD. MITCH McCONNELL HAS SAID HE WILL
MITCH McCONNELL HAS SAID HE WILL NOT BE AN IMPARTIAL JUROR IN THE
NOT BE AN IMPARTIAL JUROR IN THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP,
IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP, EVEN GOING AS FAR TO SAY HE IS
EVEN GOING AS FAR TO SAY HE IS WORKING IN TOTAL COORDINATION
WORKING IN TOTAL COORDINATION WITH THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL.
WITH THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL. THE MAJORITY LEADER IS ABOUT TO
THE MAJORITY LEADER IS ABOUT TO VIOLATE NOT ONE, BUT TWO OATHS
VIOLATE NOT ONE, BUT TWO OATHS OF OFFICE, THE COURIER JOURNAL
OF OFFICE, THE COURIER JOURNAL SAYS.
SAYS. KENT GREENFIELD WRITES
KENT GREENFIELD WRITES McCONNELL’S LOYALTY TO TRUMP
McCONNELL’S LOYALTY TO TRUMP SHOULD NOT OVERWHELM HIS LOYALTY
SHOULD NOT OVERWHELM HIS LOYALTY TO THE CONSTITUTION.
TO THE CONSTITUTION. ALL SENATORS SHOULD TAKE THEIR
ALL SENATORS SHOULD TAKE THEIR OBLIGATION OF FAITHFUL
OBLIGATION OF FAITHFUL IMPARTIALITY SERIOUSLY,
IMPARTIALITY SERIOUSLY, ESPECIALLY McCONNELL.
ESPECIALLY McCONNELL. HISTORY IS WATCHING, AND IT WILL
HISTORY IS WATCHING, AND IT WILL BE A HARSH JUDGE.
BE A HARSH JUDGE. JOINING US NOW IS KENT
JOINING US NOW IS KENT GREENFIELD, AUTHOR OF THAT OP-ED
GREENFIELD, AUTHOR OF THAT OP-ED AND PROFESSOR AT BOSTON COLLEGE.
AND PROFESSOR AT BOSTON COLLEGE. GREAT TO TALK TO YOU AGAIN.
GREAT TO TALK TO YOU AGAIN. LET ME FOLLOW UP ON OUR
LET ME FOLLOW UP ON OUR CONVERSATION EARLIER.
CONVERSATION EARLIER. I WANT TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS,
I WANT TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS, WHAT IS THE CORE ARGUMENT YOU’RE
WHAT IS THE CORE ARGUMENT YOU’RE MAKING?
MAKING? WHAT ARE THE TWO OATHS OF OFFICE
WHAT ARE THE TWO OATHS OF OFFICE THAT MITCH McCONNELL IS GOING TO
THAT MITCH McCONNELL IS GOING TO VIOLATE?
VIOLATE? >> ONLY THREE OATHS ARE
>> ONLY THREE OATHS ARE MENTIONED IN THE CONSTITUTION AT
MENTIONED IN THE CONSTITUTION AT ALL.
ALL. FIRST IS THE PRESIDENTIAL OATH
FIRST IS THE PRESIDENTIAL OATH AND THE OTHER TWO NOW PERTAIN TO
AND THE OTHER TWO NOW PERTAIN TO SENATOR McCONNELL IN ARTICLE VI,
SENATOR McCONNELL IN ARTICLE VI, ALL FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS
ALL FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS ARE BOUND BY AN OATH TO PROTECT
ARE BOUND BY AN OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, BUT
AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, BUT THERE’S A THIRD OATH THAT IS
THERE’S A THIRD OATH THAT IS VERY RARE, RARELY TAKEN, RARELY
VERY RARE, RARELY TAKEN, RARELY NEEDED.
NEEDED. WHEN THE SENATORS TRY AN IM
WHEN THE SENATORS TRY AN IM IMPEACHMENT, THE CONSTITUTION
IMPEACHMENT, THE CONSTITUTION SAYS THEY WILL BE BOUND BY OATH.
SAYS THEY WILL BE BOUND BY OATH. WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT THEY
WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT THEY HAVE TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.
HAVE TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. THEY HAVE TO BE IMPARTIAL.
THEY HAVE TO BE IMPARTIAL. THE WORDS OF THE OATH THAT EVERY
THE WORDS OF THE OATH THAT EVERY SENATOR WILL BE HELD TO WHEN THE
SENATOR WILL BE HELD TO WHEN THE TRIAL BEGINS IS THAT THEY WILL
TRIAL BEGINS IS THAT THEY WILL SWEAR TO BE IMPARTIAL.
SWEAR TO BE IMPARTIAL. NOW, SENATOR McCONNELL AND
NOW, SENATOR McCONNELL AND SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM AND
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM AND OTHERS ALREADY SAID THEY HAD NO
OTHERS ALREADY SAID THEY HAD NO INTENTION TO BE IMPARTIAL.
INTENTION TO BE IMPARTIAL. AND THAT, I THINK, IS A
AND THAT, I THINK, IS A VIOLATION OF NOT ONLY THEIR
VIOLATION OF NOT ONLY THEIR ARTICLE I OATH BUT ARTICLE VI
ARTICLE I OATH BUT ARTICLE VI OATH AS WELL.
OATH AS WELL. >> THE FOUNDING FATHERS PERHAPS
>> THE FOUNDING FATHERS PERHAPS NEVER ENVISIONED THIS.
NEVER ENVISIONED THIS. OTHERWISE THEY WOULD PROBABLY
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD PROBABLY TRIED TO HAVE AN IRON CLAD
TRIED TO HAVE AN IRON CLAD POSITION WHERE THE SENATE LEADER
POSITION WHERE THE SENATE LEADER WOULD NOT WORKING, AS MITCH
WOULD NOT WORKING, AS MITCH McCONNELL SAID, STEP BY STEP IN
McCONNELL SAID, STEP BY STEP IN THIS.
THIS. >> THE SENATE WAS ALWAYS
>> THE SENATE WAS ALWAYS INTENDED TO BE THE GROWN-UPS IN
INTENDED TO BE THE GROWN-UPS IN THE ROOM.
THE ROOM. THEY GET ELECTED EVERY SIX
THEY GET ELECTED EVERY SIX YEARS, AND THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO
YEARS, AND THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE SOMEWHAT INSULATED FROM THE
BE SOMEWHAT INSULATED FROM THE POLITICAL REALITIES OF THE DAY
POLITICAL REALITIES OF THE DAY SO THEY CAN BE THE MORE
SO THEY CAN BE THE MORE DISTINGUISHED, MORE THOUGHTFUL
DISTINGUISHED, MORE THOUGHTFUL POLITICIANS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS.
POLITICIANS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS. IN THIS CASE, BACK IN THE DAY
IN THIS CASE, BACK IN THE DAY WHEN THE CONSTITUTION WAS
WHEN THE CONSTITUTION WAS WRITTEN, POLITICAL PARTIES, AS
WRITTEN, POLITICAL PARTIES, AS WE NOW KNOW THEM, DID NOT EXIST.
WE NOW KNOW THEM, DID NOT EXIST. THE THOUGHT WAS THAT CONGRESS
THE THOUGHT WAS THAT CONGRESS WOULD BE THE POWER THAT WOULD
WOULD BE THE POWER THAT WOULD WEIGH AGAINST THE PRESIDENCY.
WEIGH AGAINST THE PRESIDENCY. AND SO THEY WOULD BE THE
AND SO THEY WOULD BE THE CHECKING.
CHECKING. THEY WOULD PROVIDE A CHECKING
THEY WOULD PROVIDE A CHECKING FUNCTION OF THE PRESIDENCY,
FUNCTION OF THE PRESIDENCY, ESPECIALLY IN THOSE RARE
ESPECIALLY IN THOSE RARE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH THE
CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT HAS ABUSED HIS POWER.
PRESIDENT HAS ABUSED HIS POWER. AND WHEN THE PRESIDENT HAS
AND WHEN THE PRESIDENT HAS ABUSED THE POWER OF THE OFFICE
ABUSED THE POWER OF THE OFFICE AND THE ONLY LEGAL REMEDY IS
AND THE ONLY LEGAL REMEDY IS IMPEACHMENT.
IMPEACHMENT. SO WHEN SENATOR McCONNELL SAYS
SO WHEN SENATOR McCONNELL SAYS THIS IS A POLITICAL ACT, A
THIS IS A POLITICAL ACT, A POLITICAL PROCEDURE, THAT’S FLAT
POLITICAL PROCEDURE, THAT’S FLAT WRONG FROM A CONSTITUTIONAL
WRONG FROM A CONSTITUTIONAL PERSPECTIVE.
PERSPECTIVE. IT’S LEGAL AND THE REMEDY IS
IT’S LEGAL AND THE REMEDY IS IMPEACHMENT.
IMPEACHMENT. UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, EVERY

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