Letter to the Editor: Reverend created false narrative

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Dear Editor:

This is in response to Rev. Bill Banuchi of the New York State Faith & Freedom Coalition’s letter.
While I would never question your faith…you are NOT free to create a false narrative.
You state:
1:President Biden’s “governing philosophy: …is…“Might Makes Right.”

If you want to look at “Might Makes Right” you need to look no further at Mitch McConnel who refused to hold a hearing on Merrick Garland, citing it being in an election year….yet then he and Trump rammed through Amy Coney Barrett a mere days before the next election.

2: “Chief Justice Roberts refused to preside”…over Trump’s 2nd impeachment, and that makes it unconstitutional.


Chief Justice Robers did NOT refuse to preside. He was not invited, as Trump is now not a sitting President. As stated in the Constitution, which is a great read, by the way.


Article 1, Section 3, Clause 6 of the United States Constitution states: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present.”

The Constitution requires the involvement of the chief justice only when the president is on trial. Since Trump no longer is president, there is no requirement for the chief justice to be involved.

In 2010, when former federal Judge Thomas Porteous was impeached, Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel Inouye presided over the trial.

https://www.newsweek.com/fact-check-did-chief-justice-roberts-refuse-preside-over-trumps-impeachment-trial-1564300

I hope that going forward, we find ourselves in a more fact-filled environment.
 
Tim Hunter
Gardiner, NY