Wyoming Republicans censure Elizabeth Cheney, citing lack of due process in the Trump Impeachment proceedings
Former President Trump has not received due process
The Wyoming Republican Party voted Saturday overwhelmingly to censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“Only eight of the 74-member state GOP’s central committee stood to oppose censure in a vote that didn’t proceed to a formal count. The censure document accused Cheney of voting to impeach even though the U.S. House didn’t offer Trump ‘formal hearing or due process,’” the New York Post reported.
Cheney has purportedly responded by saying.
“If I were in the Senate, I would listen to the testimony,” she said. “I would listen to the evidence. If you’re a senator, you have a responsibility to be a juror, and I think that’s very important, but I obviously believe — and did then — that what we already know is enough for his Impeachment. What we already know does constitute the greatest violation of his oath of office by any president in the history of this country.”
Cheney sums up the Senate’s role in Impeachment proceedings, but she ignores her role as a member of Congress, and in doing so, she runs counter to the will of Wyoming voters and frustrates Trumps’ due process.
Like any prosecutor or grand jury, Congress brings the charges. The Senate serves as a jury to either convict or acquits—in this case, the Senate must determine whether former President Trump committed acts that warrant Impeachment.
However, as the case is for criminal proceedings in state and federal courts, some degree of persuasion should be present before Articles of Impeachment are submitted to the Senate (e.g., probable cause).
While the rules attendant to criminal and Impeachment cases are different, due process in both matters require specific allegations supported by evidence—not political opinions—a standard we think Cheney seems to have adopted.
Supporters of the censure vote argued that Cheney’s vote to impeach ran counter to the will of Wyoming voters, who supported Trump by a more than 40-point margin and robbed the president of due process by not allowing him the opportunity to defend himself in the House’s impeachment proceedings. Source: Breitbart
Momentum for censure had been growing for weeks as local Republicans in around a dozen of Wyoming’s 23 counties passed their resolutions criticizing her impeachment vote. Source: Partial New York Post.