Groups rallying in Frankfort demand fair impeachment proceedings in the U.S. Senate

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 18:56:50-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Their cheers rang through the state capitol on Monday, as rally attendees hope those echoes will be heard in Washington D.C.

“We as a country believe that no one is above the law, and there are very serious actions that have taken place,” said Together Frankfort Coordinator Murray Wood.

Advocacy group MoveOn and other organizations put on the rally, demanding fair impeachment proceedings in the U.S. Senate.

They want to ensure that President Donald Trump is held accountable for his actions.

“I'd like witnesses, the evidence to be brought forth, but I don't think that's going to happen,” said Frankfort resident and Together Frankfort member Ceci Mitchell.

Several of the attendees were carrying signs with messages calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

“The reason why I started helping with this movement is when Mitch McConnell started publicly saying he's going to coordinate with the president, which is not right,” said MoveOn Organizer Fiorella Salazar.

People at the event said Trump committed crimes in soliciting help from a foreign leader for political gain.

Now, they say McConnell needs to put country over party, or they'll remember this at the polls.

“In back rooms he might have a lot of money, supporters, people bank rolling him but we're regular people and we vote. And I hope we vote him out. I'm tired of him,” said Mitchell.

Some other lawmakers in Frankfort on Monday also weighed in on this issue.

U.S. Representative Andy Barr has made clear that he believes the impeachment proceedings are a sham.

He said on Monday that he has no doubt the senate will ensure a fair trial, unlike what he said took place in the House of Representatives’ impeachment hearings.

"I think the fact that Speaker Pelosi hasn't delivered the articles of impeachment underscores just how partisan and political the process has been, and frankly how unserious it has been. We need to get back to the work of the American people,” said Barr.

Speaker Pelosi still has to bring the articles of impeachment to the senate in order for trial proceedings to be initiated.