Posted By: James Rowles
January 19, 2020
Among all the hype and Republican propaganda relating to the Senate trial of impeached President Donald J. Trump, it is useful to maintain a laser-like focus on the underlying question of just who is on trial here.
Of course, Trump is on trial for the high crimes and misdemeanors detailed in the two articles of impeachment approved by the House.
But let there be no doubt about it: Republican Senators and the Republican Party itself are also on trial in the Senate.
We already know from the abundant details in the public record that Trump has been inpeached for only a small percentage pf the crimes he has committed in office.
The Senate “trial” is shaping up to be a massive battle between the facts and the truth, on the one hand, and the lies and diversions and irrelevancies of Republicans, in both the House and the Senate, on the other.
Those who have been interested in the facts and the truth will continue to support the Democrats and a judgment in the trial based on an impartial search for the truth. Those who have been wilfully asleep, or who have directly sold their souls to Trump, are likely to continue to defend their Leader, no matter what the facts and the evidence may show.
The Republicans will shout and wave their arms, and try to use every trick of mass propaganda to distract voters from the real evidence relating to the offenses for which Trump has been impeached. The Democrats will try to prove their case with facts.
Who knows who will win the propaganda war? Who knows if there are any Reublican Senators who will try to save their own Republican Party from the dustbin of history, and in doing so also act to save the Republic?
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"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas.
Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.
As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation.
In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan.
The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed.
Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages.
He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History.
In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security.
Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.