If you had the opportunity to attend the ongoing Senate Impeachment Trial of President Trump, would you go?
I’m in Washington, D.C., today ahead of the historic March for Life rally tomorrow and found myself with an invitation to sit in the Senate gallery, located in the north wing of the Capitol building.
Prior to sitting in on the trial, my colleagues Tim Goeglein and Joel Vaughan and I had an appointment at the Department of Justice for a briefing with domestic policy staff.
Justice, of course, is the former office home of Attorneys General such as Bobby Kennedy, John Ashcroft and Edwin Meese, and also famed FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. And the halls look just as they did way back then.
The subject of our briefing was cyber security as it relates to child trafficking. If I told you the gory details, you would be shocked at the methods creeps can invent to hurt innocent children.
On our way to the Capitol for the impeachment trial, we stopped by the National Archives to view some of our nation’s most cherished documents including the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. Seeing the words of the Constitution playing out down the street in the Senate was powerful.
On television, the proceedings are shot from a single center camera. My seat above the Democrat impeachment managers provided an entirely unique perspective. There have been reports of senators growing weary of presentations hour after hour. One could get a small sense of the fatigue, if only evidenced by some of the members standing up, stretching and even walking to the back wall of the chamber.
I’ve previously expressed frustration with the partisan impeachment process, so I’m not going to weigh in on the substance of what was discussed during my brief time in the United States Capitol today.
However, the comportment of those in the Senate impressed me. I could feel the heaviness and agitation in the room. Tensions are running high and patience is running thin, but there they were, quietly sitting and absorbing the testimony.
In a few days, President Trump’s legal team will be given an opportunity to present their side of the story. They’ll undoubtedly provide a full-throttled defense of why the nation’s 45th chief executive should be acquitted of the charges.
Sitting up high in the balcony overlooking the proceedings, I was struck once again how important it for us to pray for our elected officials. Setting aside the partisan fireworks and the obvious disagreements we share with those who oppose the basic foundational principles of the Republic, including freedom of religion and the right to life, our elected officials carry heavy burdens. We need to lift these men and women up in prayer, asking that God’s truth will prevail and that the wicked plans of those who oppose Him and His ways be thwarted.
If you look at the seal of the United States Senate, you’ll notice that it contains 13 stars and 13 stripes with a scroll across it reading, “E pluribus unum,” which means, “Out of many, one.” You’ll also observe an olive branch symbolizing peace and an oak branch signifying strength. The red cap represents freedom and authority.
Taken in totality or even just one by one, each of those principles are profound and contribute to the miracle that is the United States of America. I hope we never take our country for granted and that we never grow weary of praying for those entrusted to its care.
I hope you’ll consider tuning in to tomorrow’s March for Life at noon Eastern Time. You can watch live here. I’m privileged to be speaking on the main stage and will be joining President Trump, who will be in-person and addressing the crowd – a first in the 47-year history of the March.
I am eager to bring you a report of tomorrow’s events at the March for Life.