I watched as much of the impeachment hearings as I possibly could (I was fortunate to be able to have the hearings on in the background while I was at work). The testimony from our ambassadors and State Department advisers, Marie Yovanovitch and Fiona Hill, was incredibly enlightening, as I'm sure Sen. Pat Toomey realizes — even Gordon Sondland in his own way.

Meanwhile, Devin Nunes was spewing Russian propaganda like he doesn't care if there is no tomorrow for our republic. But Nunes' likely criminal intent for espousing the Russian talking points — even as Hill implored him on national TV, and as recorded for posterity in the public records — not to do so — is painfully obvious, and I am hopeful we will see more of that in the courts some day, if justice is allowed to prevail.

I am assuming that most of the Republican Congress, including Toomey, do not have such nefarious connections as Nunes, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, et al., apparently have. I assume that rather, they, and my senator, are thinking they need to back this traitorous, lying, criminal "president" in the mistaken opinion that this is what they need to do to keep their seats in Congress.

I urge Toomey to take this important opportunity to stand up for what is right, to defend what is left of our republic, to keep our country from descending completely into fascism. This is a chance for him and the GOP to be heroes, to save their reputations and their integrity, and be on record as being on the right side of history.

My Republican friends will take this into account when they go to the polls.

COLLEEN NYE

Meadville

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