Letter: Lee, Crapo and van der Veen were wrong on the Constitution
In this image from video, Michael van der Veen, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, speaks about the motion to call witnesses during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
Utah Sen. Lee, with Idaho Sen. Crapo, asked a question at the second impeachment trial. Why did the framers not include an explicit provision allowing impeachment of public officials after leaving office, when it was included in state constitutions?
They didn’t include it, Michael van der Veen, the defense counsel, said, because “They threw out what they didn’t want in there,” gesticulating at the same time as if he were flinging manure from a shovel.
Lee, Crapo, and Veen, of course, did not know that answer to be the truth. Authentic students of the Constitution, on the other hand, know well that many state provisions were not put in the federal Constitution precisely because they were universally understood.
That is why a term limit for the president was not put into the Constitution, when such a provision for governors was written into virtually every state constitution.
Lee and Crapo, your question was a slow soft ball pitch, when the occasion called for a hard ball heater.
Kimball Shinkoskey, Woods Cross