The oath of office faces a true test during impeachment hearings

If public evidence establishes that the president failed to abide his obligation to faithfully execute, where does that leave those in Congress who promised to bear true faith and allegiance to the founding charter? How can you bear true faith to a document and allow it to be wantonly violated?

I learned long ago in courtrooms that the truism about defense lawyers is often true: When they have facts, they argue facts; when they have legal arguments, they argue the law; when they have neither, they bang on the table. There has been a whole lot of table banging recently — about process, about the alleged “deep state,” “human scum” Never Trumpers, and about a supposed “coup” to reverse the will of the voters. The banging will continue about civil servants, career diplomats and military officers who simply speak the truth. The banging will be vicious and loud.

But oaths are sticky things. If, after all the table-banging, the facts show a president, in exercising the core of his powers under the Constitution — the conduct of foreign affairs and the national defense — failed to faithfully execute his office, what then? If the president used the power and money of the United States to coerce a foreign nation into helping him get reelected, what of the promise senators and representatives made?

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