"The matter before this body is a question of lying under oath … your judgment should rise above politics, above partisanship, above polling data. That none of us is above the law is a bedrock principle of democracy. To erode that bedrock is to risk even further injustice. Lying under oath is an abuse of freedom. There are people in prison for just such offenses."
These words were spoken by Rep. Henry Hyde during President Clinton's impeachment trial. Republican representatives, like Hyde's protégé U.S. Rep Peter Roskam, should take the late congressman's words to heart when considering the allegations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearing.
The Republicans' tepid response to indications of Russian influence in our election and over the new administration is alarming. Congress should be holding cabinet appointees, and the president, to the highest professional and ethical standards. If our representatives fail to do this, then we will be holding them accountable when we go to the polls in 2018.