The Senate of the United States of America, May 1, 2019

On May 1, 2019, the Attorney General of the United States of America appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee at its request.

The Senate’s stated purpose for the Hearing was to allow Senators to perform their constitutional oversight duty by gathering information, by asking questions and obtaining answers under oath from Attorney General William Barr.  The stated purpose for the Hearing was limited to that.  The Attorney General agreed to appear before the Senate, for its stated purpose, and testify, without the necessity of a Subpoena.

Senator Maize Hirono’s performance of her oversight duty during the Hearing included her addressing the Attorney General as follows: “You knew you lied.  And now we know.  A lot of respected non-partisan legal experts and elected officials were surprised by your efforts to protect the President.  But I was not surprised.  You did exactly what I thought you’d do.  It’s why I voted against your confirmation. … Being Attorney General is a sacred trust.  You have betrayed that trust.  America deserves better.  You should resign.”

Senator Hirono leaves We The People with questions.  How did her above-quoted address to the Attorney General help the Senate perform its constitutional oversight duty?  How did her above-quoted address to the Attorney General affect the level of respect that We The People have for the Senate of the United States of America?

Stephen B. Benisch, May 6, 2019

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