The buying and selling of stock by corporate insiders who have access to non-public information that could affect the stock price can be a criminal offense. Congressional lawmakers are not considered exempt from insider trading laws, as they have daily access to non-public information and plenty of opportunities to trade on it.

What is apparent is that the Republican controlled Senate’s handling of the impeachment trial is a hoax. McConnell has gone on record as saying that he is not impartial, will not allow witnesses, and has worked in coordination with Trump’s attorneys.

This travesty of justice would not occur anywhere else in America. The fact that it is happening in the halls of the Senate is very sobering. 

We are witnessing the demise of democracy.

There are only three ways to explain Andrew’s friendship with Epstein: The first is that he knowingly associated with a convicted sex offender, because he did not regard that as a disqualification. The second is that he was too stupid, or too incurious, to comprehend the evil going on around him. The third is that he was a willing participant in the rape and sexual abuse of underage girls.

It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is a polarizing figure. Unlike almost every other US President that tried to unify the nation, Trump sees his future is tied to further dividing the nation, and giving his supporters more reasons to love him and hate the opposition. 

Going through an impeachment hearing, which is bound to fail in the Republican controlled Senate anyway, will give Trump one more big bullhorn to shout his message of hate and division, and may, in fact, help assure his re-election. 

Hope is never a willful ignorance to the hardships and cruelties that so many suffer or the enormous challenges that we face in mounting progress in this imperfect world…. It’s a belief in goodness and human ingenuity and, maybe most of all, our ability to connect with each other and see each other in ourselves, and that if we summon our best selves, then maybe we can inspire others to do the same.