"Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you god?"
That was the oath that bound members of the US Senate as jurors on the impeachment of Donald J. Trump.
Only Chief Justice John Roberts knew, as he administered that oath to Senate Republicans that the one thing they would not deliver was impartial justice. He knew that he was presiding over a sham. He knew that those Senate Republicans were perjuring themselves as they swore that oath.
Roberts looked the other way.
He knew that acquittal was a foregone conclusion. He knew that the fix was in. He probably knew that some of those senators, those deemed less than wholly reliable, had been intimidated. He knew it was a blatant case of jury tampering, itself a felonious crime.
Yet he looked the other way.
The majority leader, Mitch McConnell, didn't hesitate to tell reporters that he was coordinating the trial with the White House. Imagine a juror who shamelessly admits he is coordinating the trial with the accused. Is that impartial?