As the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell has often acted as Donald Trump’s own personal pitbull and defender. He’s taken this role to the next level since the House impeached the President. McConnell has promised that he will work in lockstep along the White House to gain Trump an acquittal.
The soundbites from McConnell have not been popular. Alaskan senator, Lisa Murkowski said she was disturbed by his promise of coordination. And on Thursday, a newspaper in the senators home state of Kentucky, The Louisville Courier Journal, released a scathing editorial blasting McConnell for breaking his oath.
The piece was written by Kentucky born Kent Greenfield, who now serves as a law professor at Boston College.
Greenfield explained, “The framers wanted to make sure the Senate would never take such a trial lightly — this oath requirement is over and above the oath each senator has already taken to support the Constitution. The Constitution does not set out the text of the trial oath, but the Senate rules do. Senators will ‘solemnly swear… that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God'”
The law professor then claimed the McConnell will make or break his historical reputation in the coming weeks. “All senators should take their obligation of faithful impartiality seriously,” Greenfield continued, “especially McConnell. History is watching, and it will be a harsh judge.”