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Letter: Hudson shouldn’t dismiss servants’ testimony

This is in reaction to U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson’s column in Sunday’s Salisbury Post (“Impeachment a dark day in politics”).

Hudson correctly identified the importance of due process and the dangers of hyper-partisanship, especially related to the important subject of impeachment. So, I was disappointed to hear him recite, lockstep, the partisan talking point that articles of impeachment were passed “with zero evidence.”

It is a breach of due process for either political party to dismiss testimony of civil servants, who served honorably under both Republican and Democratic administrations, as “zero evidence.” It is unpatriotic for a congressman to equate the testimony of decorated military veterans to “zero evidence.”

I would have respected my elected representative if he had argued the evidence was weak or the charges did not rise to the definition of high crimes or misdemeanors. Instead, Mr. Hudson recited another partisan talking point: “there will always be the greatest danger the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties than by the real demonstration of innocence or guilt.” I find it hard to believe Hudson will feign the same righteous indignation to the party of strength in the Senate, who will regulate the next step of due process and the decision of innocence or guilt.

Please, vote for candidates whose values and service are truly non-partisan.

Dan Mikkelson

Salisbury

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