A group of about 21 people gathered for about an hour in front of the Robert S. Vance Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on Tuesday to call for a full trial of impeached President Donald Trump and to call on U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby to give the case against Trump a fair hearing before he decides how he will cast his vote.
The group members held signs aloft, drawing periodic thumbs up and horn honks from passing motorists. The group members marched, sang patriotic songs and praised U.S. Doug Jones for calling for the testimony of witnesses in the trial.
On a party-line vote, the U.S. House, which has a Democratic majority, charged Trump with abusing the power of his office by pressuring the government of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. It also has charged Trump with obstruction of Congress stemming from his refusal to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry. The Senate began the impeachment trial Tuesday with a rocky conversation about rules for the process.
Both Shelby, a Republican, and Jones, a Democrat, have offices in the federal building, and a staffer from Jones’ office met with the group and brought clipboards with pages for comments for anyone who wished to write the senator.