Sorry, Mr Crisp. Regarding your column Tuesday in The Lima News, no witnesses are needed in the impeachment trial.
On June 20, 2012 President Obama told his self described “wing man” Atty General Eric Holder to claim executive privilege to a subpoena issued by the House of Representatives regarding the Obama debacle called “Fast and Furious” which involved U.S. guns sent to Mexican drug cartels.
Fast forward to 2019. Witnesses issued subpoenas by the House Intel committee chairman Adam Schiff were rejected by the president claiming executive privilege. The House had a remedy for this by going to the courts to force witnesses like John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, etc. to comply. Instead of “deliberation” as Mr. Crisp suggests, Nancy Pelosi was faced with a hard deadline to complete impeachment: Christmas recess.
The Articles of Impeachment, as presented “prayerfully” to the Senate, should be judged as written. In the Articles there are no high crimes and misdemeanors, no bribery charged. Only abuse of power and obstruction of Congress because the president used his executive privilege. Thanks Obama.
Craig Nichols, Findlay