After more than a week of what can only be described a three-ring circus, it was Sen. Lamar Alexander that ultimately emerged as the only adult in the room when he stated that he would not vote for additional evidence and witnesses.
This morning Republicans are lauding Alexander for his decision to vote against additional witnesses while Democrats have been harshly critical of it.
But the reality is that Sen. Alexander has been the only one to actually state the truth since this whole impeachment ordeal initially began.
Alexander publicly stated what has been obviously to anyone who has managed to avoid having their mind brainwashed by one party or the other.
Alexander stated that President Trump did indeed do what he has been accused of. He clearly expressed his view that Trump’s behavior was inappropriate and was downright wrong.
But, Alexander also concluded that Trump’s interactions with the Ukraine did not rise to the level of an impeachable offense.
Here are portions of the statement Alexander released late last night:
“There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.”
“It was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation. When elected officials inappropriately interfere with such investigations, it undermines the principle of equal justice under the law. But the Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year’s ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate.”
“The question then is not whether the president did it, but whether the United States Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did. I believe that the Constitution provides that the people should make that decision in the presidential election that begins in Iowa on Monday.”
Well…now those may well be the most logical and honest words spoken by any politician on either side of the isle in months, perhaps even years.
Trump did withhold aid to the Ukraine to pressure them to investigate his political rival. That much is obvious. Heck, Trump’s own attorneys all but admitted that during the Senate impeachment trial.
Witness after witness came in and testified to that and the president attempted to block all other witnesses with first-hand knowledge of the situation.
Newsflash, folks – no one attempts to block witnesses unless they are afraid of what those witnesses may say.
However, Trump did release the appropriated funds to the Ukraine before the deadline without any announcement of the Ukraine conducting investigations into the Bidens.
So, what we are ultimately looking at is a situation of attempted quid pro quo, but one that the president never fully went through with.
And it is a bit far-fetched to define that as an impeachable offense.
If we went by that measure, most presidents throughout our history would have been impeached for sleazy political behavior they attempted but never fully went through with.
This is the stance that BOTH parties should have taken right from the start.
What Trump was attempting to do with the Ukraine was blatantly wrong, but it did not rise to the level of an impeachable offense.
Unfortunately the brainwashed political parties we currently have running our nation darted for their respective corners and Republicans attempted to say that Trump did nothing wrong at all while Democrats attempted to make Trump’s actions out to be some kind of earth shattering offense.
At the end of the day a single adult emerged from this whole ordeal with his mind still intact, and that was Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.
Unfortunately for America, the only adult in the room has decided to vacate his seat in 2020.