Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Swear to God ‘to Do Impartial Justice’ to President Trump

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 20, 2020 | 3:32pm EST
Sen. Bernie Sanders, in second seat from left in second row of second section from right, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in middle seat in first section on right, take oath to do impartial justice in impeachment trial. (Screen Capture)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, in second seat from left in second row of second section from right, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in middle seat in first section on right, take oath to do impartial justice in impeachment trial. (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Bernie Sanders (D.-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.), who are both seeking the Democratic nomination—and a chance to defeat President Donald Trump—in this year’s presidential election, swore an oath to God on Thursday “to do impartial justice” when they are sitting as jurors in Trump’s impeachment trial.

Chief Justice John Roberts went to the Senate chamber on Thursday to take an oath of his own and then to administer an oath to all of the senators present.

Roberts placed his left hand on the Bible, raised his right hand, and was asked by Sen. Charles Grassley (R.-Iowa), who was serving as president pro tempore of the Senate: “Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald Trump, President of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and the laws, so help you God?”

Chief Justice Roberts responded: “I do.”

The chief justice then said: “At this time I will administer the oath to all Senators in the Chamber in conformance with Article I, Section 3, Clause 6 of the Constitution and the Senate's impeachment rules.”

Article I, Section 3, Clause 6 of the Constitution says: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried the Chief Justice shall preside; And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.”

Roberts then asked all senators to stand and raise their right hand—which all 99 senators in the chamber then did, including Sanders and Warren. (The only senator missing was Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma. "Senator Inhofe is in Oklahoma today to be with a family member facing a medical issue,” his office said in a statement released that day. “He plans to return to Washington on Tuesday where he will be sworn in with no delay to the impeachment process.”)

Roberts said: “Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God?”

The senators in unison said: “I do.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, in second seat from left in second row of second section from right, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in middle seat in first section on right, take oath to do impartial justice in impeachment trial. (Screen Capture)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, in second seat from left in second row of second section from right, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in middle seat in first section on right, take oath to do impartial justice in impeachment trial. (Screen Capture)

Roberts then said: “The clerk will call the names in groups of four. The Senators will present themselves at the desk to sign the Oath Book.”

The senators were called forward by name--in alphabetical order—so they could sign the oath book, committing themselves in writing to do impartial justice.

Sanders and Warren signed the book, as did all the others.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren signs the Oath Book at the commencement of the impeachment trial of President Trump, Jan. 16, 2020. (Screen Capture)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren signs the Oath Book at the commencement of the impeachment trial of President Trump, Jan. 16, 2020. (Screen Capture)

Here is a transcript of the proceedings in the U.S. Senate at the opening of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump:

Sen. Charles Grassley, President pro tempore: “A quorum is present. Under the previous order, the hour of 2 p.m. having arrived and a quorum having been established, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the Articles of Impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.): “Mr. President, at this time, pursuant to rule IV of the Senate Rules on Impeachment and the United States Constitution, the Presiding Officer will now administer the oath to John G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States.

Grassley: “Under the previous order, the escort committee will now conduct the Chief Justice of the United States to the dais to be administered the oath.

[Senators rising. The Chief Justice was thereupon escorted into the Chamber by Senators Blunt, Leahy, Graham, and Feinstein.]

Chief Justice John Roberts: “Senators, I attend the Senate in conformity with your notice, for the purpose of joining with you for the trial of the President of the United States. I am now prepared to take the oath.”

Grassley: “Will you place your left hand on the Bible and raise your right hand.

“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 the laws, so help you God?

Roberts: “I do.

“At this time I will administer the oath to all Senators in the Chamber in conformance with article I, section 3, clause 6 of the Constitution and the Senate's impeachment rules. Will all Senators now stand, remain standing, and raise their right hand.

“Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God?”

Senators: “I do.”

Roberts: “The clerk will call the names in groups of four. The Senators will present themselves at the desk to sign the Oath Book.”





 

 

 

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