In response to Julie Stewart Ziesman (Waukee):
I assume you are worried about the impeachment trial in the Senate being a "Mockery without Merit" because the impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives was also a "mockery without merit." The entire impeachment is based on a whistleblower who never testified and likely does not exist.
This new impeachment episode follows a two-year "mockery without merit" that the Dems called the Russia collusion investigation. So far the Dems have not provided President Trump with any of the constitutional protections he is entitled to and they also have not provided any real evidence of wrongdoing.
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As to "Why President Trump can ignore the subpoena," it's the same reason Obama could ignore the subpoena for Eric Holder during "Fast and Furious," when Obama's gun sales to Mexico resulted in the death of a border agent. The same reason Obama could order the agents who were present and involved in Benghazi debacle not to testify in the Benghazi hearings.
It's called "executive privilege" and when the opposition is trying to railroad a president who is not guilty of anything, his legitimate protection is executive privilege.
Now the Dems are trying to tell the Senate how to run its trial and in my opinion, the Senate should just "dismiss the entire impeachment case" for lack of evidence and failure to follow established policy regarding production of prosecution documents (ie: the Articles being withheld by Nancy Pelosi).
Tom Frank, Mason City