As the country waited for The Impeachment Trial in the Senate of President Donald J. Trump, Chief Justice Roberts ,who will preside over the trial, released his Yearly Report. The focus was Civic Education and knowledge of The Constitution with emphasis on The Rule of Law.
He wrote, “ We should reflect on our duty to judge without fear or favor, deciding each matter with humility, integrity and dispatch. As the new year begins and we turn to the tasks before us, we should each resolve to do our best to maintain the public’s trust that we are faithfully discharging our solemn obligation to equal justice under law.”
The Report seemed to continue a conversation between the Chief Justice and The President that began in 2018. At that time, Trump called a judge of Mexican heritage who had ruled against his administration “an Obama judge.” In response, Roberts said, “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.” He also said the president had misunderstood the role of the federal courts in the constitutional system.
Donald Trump took issue with the Chief Justice’s statement on Twitter. He wrote, “Sorry, Chief Justice John Roberts. You do indeed have Obama Judges. And they have a much different view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country.”
This year’s Yearly Report appears to continue emphasis upon The Chief Justice’s theme. He wrote, “We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary , a key source of national unity and stability. The judiciary has an important role to play in civic education. We have come to take democracy for granted and civic education has fallen by the wayside. In our age, when social media can spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public’s need to understand our government and the protection it provides is ever more vital. “
Roberts emphasized the importance the federal courts play by reaching “accessible decisions”, citing Chief Justice Earl Warren who illustrated the power of a judicial decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas” , the great school desegregation case. His unanimous opinion on the most pressing issue of the era was a mere eleven pages– short enough that newspapers could publish all of it, or almost all of it and every citizen could understand the court’s rationale. Today, federal courts publish their opinions on line giving the public instant access to the reasoning behind the judgments that affect their lives.’’
Chief Justice Roberts praised the many educational programs across the nation offered by federal judges in which students are invited to visit courthouses. He did not address the issue of camera coverage which does not occur at trials in federal courts.
The pending Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump was not brought up in the Yearly Report. However, a news story reporting Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat , Maryland being interviewed on CNN became news on Lawrence Tribe Twitter, a column read by thousands every day. Raskin said, “McConnell and Graham are disgracing the Senate and posing a dilemma for Chief Justice John Roberts. How can the Chief Justice in good faith administer the oath “to do impartial justice” to senators who have said they will be anything but impartial? “
McConnell is Majority Leader of the Senate who has said he will coordinate the trial procedures with the White House and not be impartial. Graham, Chair of The Senate Judiciary Committee, has said he will not read any documents presented at the Trial.
We, the American people wait to see if and when the Senate trial will take place. McConnell and Graham want a speedy trial. Donald Trump has said he wants a show trial to prove his innocence. However, he will not release witnesses and documents that have been subpoenaed by the House of Representatives from the White House.
The Speaker of The House, Nancy Pelosi, has said she will keep the Two Articles of Impeachment until Senator McConnell agrees to discuss the procedures for a fair trial with Senator Schumer and they reach agreement.
Amen says this American citizen……. Joyce S. Anderson