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An oath to tell the truth

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It is fitting that Al Fonzi's latest screed is titled "More distorted facts" (Jan. 2). His depiction of the Trump impeachment is, of course, informed by his support of Trump regardless of Trump's actions, but twisting the facts to support Fonzi's biased view does not change reality.

Fonzi claims, "Republicans were denied access to witnesses" without mentioning the "witness" the Republicans repeatedly demanded access to was the whistleblower, whose identity is protected by law and whose life would be endangered if his identity was revealed.

He further claims that Republicans were denied access to key documents when it was Trump who defied subpoenas and denied access to all relevant documents and witnesses, and Trump who refused to agree to the appearance of himself or any of his cohorts.

Finally, after three of the four constitutional experts who appeared to opine on the impeachment's legitimacy, he disregards the two who claimed the impeachment was absolutely appropriate under the circumstances and gave only the testimony of the one who had doubts.

And, of course, not one of the Republicans present at the hearings voted to impeach. Trump is famous for the scurrilous abuse he heaps on those who disagree with him, and the toadies who attempted to paint a better picture of him were well aware the fate that awaited them was sure. And an election year looms.

Fonzi's defense of McConnell's claims of coordinating with the White House in regard to a Senate trial is "what's expected of him" is bull-pucky. Under the rules, McConnell will have to take a solemn oath to be an "impartial juror," an oath he cannot honor, according to his own testimony.

Before Fonzi is allowed more such freedom with the facts, he too should take a solemn oath to tell the truth.

Istar Holliday

Arroyo Grande


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