Letter: Shelley Oberlander, Lovettsville

Editor:  I attended Rep. Jennifer Wexton’s Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 8 to ask her a question important to me as one of her constituents. Unfortunately, Ms. Wexton’s response to me was disturbing. 

I asked how she could vote to impeach President Trump when he had been denied due process, his basic Constitutional right, and she had heard only one side of the case, the Democrat’s side. Ms. Wexton answered that she thought the president had received due process, because his lawyer was allowed to hear the testimonies Adam Schiff conducted in the secret closed hearings. That my fellow Virginians is not the due process guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

No matter how Ms. Wexton feels about the president of the United States, he was denied due process and basic Constitutional rights, in the House impeachment process. The Constitution gives every American the right to face their accuser. The Democrats denied President Trump of this right, and they still have not released the name of his accuser. The president was not allowed to call any of his own witnesses, while the Democrats were allowed to call 18 witnesses in the House proceedings. If the Democrat leaders can deny the president of the United States due process, his basic Constitutional rights, they can do it to any of us.

It is alarming that Ms. Wexton thinks the president received due process in the House of Representatives. Ms. Wexton needs to be voted out on Nov. 3

Shelley Oberlander, Lovettsville

5 thoughts on “Letter: Shelley Oberlander, Lovettsville

  • 2020-02-13 at 9:19 am
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    Trump’s lawyers presented his side in Congress. The senate, however, voted not to convict, after refusing to hear witnesses. You’ve got the story backwards…

    The whole thing was a waste of time, with the majority party in both houses voting along party lines. DO they represent the people or their parties?

  • 2020-02-13 at 9:32 am
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    Wexton hates Due Process protections for Virginians. She’s a long time supporter of secret “no-fly” lists that disproportionately impact middle eastern immigrants. She believes in unconstitutional red flag laws wherein we are all threatened with legal proceedings, potential deadly contact with law enforcement, as well as your un-named accuser never facing penalties for making things up.

    If you cherish civil rights and fair a legal system, Wexton is not your friend. We need a real representative who is on the peoples side, rather than on the ham fisted governments side. Wake up people

    Great letter.

  • 2020-02-13 at 6:12 pm
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    Agreed Shelley Oberlander.

    The kangaroo court set up by Pelosi did not have constitutional authority to subpoena or call witnesses before a full vote of the house authorizing that body. Therefore, it was illegal. The defense was not allowed to call witnesses. The Rep members were also not allowed to call witnesses.

    Shall we go on to discuss the clown show from the impeachment managers as they were ripped apart by the defense? Why call more shills when the basis of their legal case was totally flawed, and they haven’t done their homework? The Senate is supposed to do the houses investigative work now, so they can drag it on and on politically? I don’t think so.

  • 2020-02-15 at 1:38 am
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    Ms. Oberlander is gravely mistaken about the impeachment process. The House of Representatives’ portion is comparable to a grand jury; it is NOT supposed to be a trial where the accused may confront his accusers. The purpose of the House impeachment proceedings was to establish whether or not there is probable cause to proceed to a trail in the Senate, and that probable cause was plainly evident and well established, despite Trump’s unprecedented and unacceptable efforts to prevent federal officials from testifying and from obstructing Congress in general.

    The sham was the Senate “trial” where the Republicans refused to allow any witness testimony and almost unanimously acquitted Trump of both charges, which were never disproved, despite the admission of many Republican Senators that both alleged crimes did indeed occur and definitely represented improper presidential actions to use his office and government resources for his personal benefit, to jeopardize the security of a U.S, ally under attack by Russia, to withhold foreign military aid that had been appropriated by Congress, and to encourage a foreign government to meddle in our 2020 presidential election.

  • 2020-02-20 at 11:51 am
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    The House impeachment process is supposed to make a complete case for an act to remove a duly elected president. It is inappropriate to hide testimony, restrict Republican witnesses, restrict presidential involvement to question witnesses and present evidence. The Dems violated almost all precedent for impeachment due process.As a result of the Dem House impeachment farce, the Dems convinced no Republicans and even a few Dems voted against impeachment.
    As a result, the Dems have cheapened impeachment, which will haunt all presidents going forward. All presidents will now have to face House majorities to harass them with incomplete case and tie up the Senate in useless impeachment trials. Probable cause is clearly a grossly insufficient standard for impeachment. It is not the burden of the accused, the president , to disprove charges. What happened to innocent until proven guilty. Another grossly insufficient and offensive standard.
    I know of know Republican Senators that admitted “crimes” occurred. Some claimed Presidential behavior was inappropriate but insufficient for impeachment. In fact, the impeachment articles passed by the House Dems allegros no crimes. Abuse of power doesn’t exist in criminal codes and nor does obstruction of justice. Both were political construction for Dems that don’t like the President or his alleged actions.
    There was no crime, and no victim. Ukraine received aid within lawful timeframes. Ukraine’s security was never jeopardized. The President and other top Ukranian officials say they never felt pressure from withheld aid. And Trump is probably right about Biden’s alleged corruption. Investigation of obviously inappropriate involvement of Biden’s Ukraine activities, which were initiated well before Biden even decided to run for president, is justified and is not election meddling.

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