Open Letter Triad Complete

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Hi Don,
    Having read your “open letter” in response to Mr. Moldenhauer’s letter [“Open Letter to an Open Letter,” Feb. 14] (Austin Chronicle), I hope you’ll forgive my impatience with respect to one of your many responses, to wit: the House impeachment articles. Though not a perfect parallel to standard jurisprudential practices around the nation, impeachment is quite similar to a grand jury process. As a lawyer you already know that. So do most of the lawyers who populate the Congress.
    In a grand jury process, the “accused” is not typically represented nor can the accused bring witnesses nor is there an opportunity to rebut any assertions that may be there. It is mainly a venue for the “accusers” to explore whether there is enough to go to trial. IT IS NOT THE TRIAL ITSELF!
    At the trial that takes place in the Senate in this scenario, it IS important for the accused to call their own witnesses. It IS important that the accused be given all opportunities to defend themselves, have competent counsel and all other rights that ensure fairness. But Don, you know all this already. Since that is the case, you are being disingenuous when you feign offense and assert that your client (DJ Trump) was mistreated. You also wrongfully discredit the need for witnesses and documents at the trial – those that will help exonerate the accused and those that shed more light on the accusations. Based on what Mr. Bolton was saying, I think you and 52 Republican Senators knew that his testimony would likely be damaging, not exonerating. To argue otherwise is, once again, disingenuous.
    As you discredit Mr. Moldenhauer’s assertions and discredit the worthiness of his Ph.D. and his own knowledge, you do so disingenuously, as well. Hoping that you are an honest man, I trust that you will admit that many of your comments lacked accuracy or basis in fact. Disparaging Mr. M is not the point.
    As for the trial that did take place without witnesses or the trove of documents that were identified and needed, you know that you would not have stood for such a trial if you were the defendant. Even better, despite any disagreements we may have, I WOULD NOT HAVE ALLOWED YOU TO BE CONVICTED IN SUCH A PROCESS, either. I believe in the same Constitution as you do. What we allow for Mr. Trump is what we example for all of us – including you, Don. WE can’t let that be the example. We just can’t!
    I have to question, as well, Don, how it is that purple heart recipients like Robert Mueller or Colonel Vindman, gentlemen with years and years of heroic service to their country, have been cast aside by so many of your Republican colleagues in favor of a man with no military service and years of demonstrably and repeatedly low character. It astounds me beyond measure! How has he managed to change the minds and hearts of so many people who saw him as a fraud and a con man before he was elected? And now he is chosen by God? It blows my mind!
    Allow me to quote Rex Tillerson in a graduation speech to one of the military colleges where he said, “Without personal honor, there can be no leadership.” Gosh, Don. Doesn’t that pretty much say it all? You guys are pinning your hopes for this country on a guy without honor and without the leadership from which it is crafted? No way! That is not who you are. You must regain your honor, Don. I hope you will.
Cliff Mark, Baylor University, Class of 1973
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