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It’s a disservice to the public and to the voters to have the Senate conduct an impeachment trial without pertinent documents and witnesses. Just because Donald Trump favors hiding incriminating evidence, there is no reason to go forth without vital factual information. Donald Trump, Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton need to testify so that firsthand information could then be revealed. Bolton will testify if subpoenaed by the Senate. He called the delay in funding Ukraine a “drug deal” by the Trump operatives. He also called Trump’s personal attorney a “human hand grenade.”

The GOP Senate complains that the House’s 17 credible witnesses were merely hearsay witnesses vs. firsthand witnesses such as Mulvaney and Bolton. Yet they refuse to make them available. They cannot have it both ways — quick to complain and slow to correct. No other democratic society would allow for such miscarriage of justice. Joe Biden and Hunter Biden have nothing to do with the trial except for being distractions from the main event. I hope some GOP Senators will honor the Constitution verus expediency of elections.

The chairman of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has stated that he will side with the presidential attorneys and therefore not be objective. Sen. Lindsey Graham has publicly stated that he has his mind made up regardless of evidence to be presented. The Senate is to represent the people, not the president. That’s why we have checks and balances in the government. Each senator is constitutionally bound to be objective and impartial in such trials. Too bad they put party before country and obfuscation before the truthful evidence.

Perhaps it’s time to abolish the Electoral College and put the power back with the people. This would establish one person/one vote. As long as political gamesmanship continues, it’s unlikely this will happen in the near future.

LeRoy Deabler is a retired hospital CEO and national

health care consultant who lives in Concord.

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