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Trump acquitted on impeachment charges, ending gravest threat to his presidency

Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided over just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, announced the result on each article of impeachment Wednesday afternoon, bringing the three-week trial to a close.

“The Senate, having tried Donald Trump, president of the United States, upon two articles of impeachment exhibited against him by the House of Representatives, and two-thirds of the senators present not having found him guilty of the charges contained therein: it is, therefore, ordered and adjudged that the said Donald John Trump be, and he is hereby, acquitted of the charges in said articles,” Roberts said.

The Senate’s verdict was the climax of a three-year existential threat to the Trump presidency that began with former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in May 2017 and continued with the House’s Ukraine probe, which began in September. And it comes just days after the first votes were cast in the 2020 presidential campaign.

Trump’s acquittal marked the end of a remarkable chapter of presidential scandal that only accelerated and accentuated Trump’s grip on a Republican Party establishment he once scorned. But it appears likely to bleed into another phase, as House Democrats vow to continue their myriad ongoing probes targeting the president.

Trump immediately celebrated the outcome of the impeachment inquiry — which he has labeled a collective “witch hunt” and “hoax.” Within minutes of his acquittal, Trump tweeted a parody video joking that he would be president forever.

The impeachment saga served primarily to accelerate an already-dysfunctional Congress’ slide into permanent political warfare. Democrats amassed a roster of evidence that Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine, a foreign ally at war with Russia, in order to coerce its government to investigate his political adversaries. But Republicans responded by closing ranks around Trump, attacking the House’s impeachment process as a primary defense and asserting that Democrats did not prove their case and were seeking to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

“We simply cannot let factional fever break our institution,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned ahead of the votes. “The institutions must break the fever, rather than the other way around. The founders built the Senate to prevent temporary rage from doing permanent damage to our republic.”

A handful of Senate Republicans — Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — argued that the House had largely proven its case and that Trump’s actions were wrong, but they ultimately concluded the charges did not merit removing a president and all of the associated national turmoil that would follow.

“The House did little to support its assertion … that the president will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office,” Collins said from the Senate floor.

The acquittal vote came days after a Democrat-led effort to subpoena additional witnesses and documents failed, largely on party lines. Romney and Collins were the only Republicans to join all 47 Democrats to support the motion for new witnesses. When that vote failed on Friday, the result seemed certain — and in the ensuing days, nearly every Republican senator publicly declared their intent to vote in favor of an acquittal.

Trump’s acquittal bookended the Sept. 24 launch of the House’s impeachment investigation by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which was followed by a breakneck flurry of depositions and public hearings that featured senior State Department, Pentagon and White House officials defying Trump’s orders and testifying on the alleged scheme.

Pelosi delayed the formal transmission of the impeachment articles to the Senate for several weeks while new information about the Ukraine saga continued to pour out. But Republicans, including some who at least professed to be open-minded about the House’s case, argued that Pelosi’s decision to delay sending the articles undercut Democrats’ claims that Trump was an imminent danger to national security who must be removed from office immediately.

House Democrats, who impeached Trump on Dec. 18, always expected the Republican-controlled Senate to acquit the president. So the House’s top impeachment prosecutor, Rep. Adam Schiff, focused his final argument on coaxing a single GOP senator to join them and deny Trump a united front among Republicans.

That push succeeded in dramatic fashion on Wednesday when a choked-up Romney announced his support for the abuse of power charge from the Senate floor, stunning Trump’s allies and his GOP colleagues.

“The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” Romney said in explaining his vote. “What the president did was wrong — grievously wrong.”

As Roberts read the final vote tally, it fell upon a starkly silent chamber in a scandal-weary Washington, which has buckled under the constant strain of the Trump era. And unlike the conclusions of Watergate and the 1999 Clinton impeachment trial, the end of Trump’s three-week trial appeared poised to be interpreted as just another political speedbump on the road to a bruising 2020 election season.

The chamber was more crowded on Wednesday than it was on any other day of the trial. A handful of House lawmakers showed up to watch the final proceedings, including Democratic Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Mary Gay Scanlon and Peter Welch; as well as GOP Reps. Louie Gohmert, Fred Upton, Steve King and Lee Zeldin. The roll-call vote unfolded like a long-practiced routine, despite the rare nature of the proceedings, with most senators standing up at their desks even before their name was called.

Trump’s eventual acquittal was all but certain. No Republicans voted to impeach him in the House, so it was extremely unlikely that at least 20 GOP senators would vote to convict him. The likelihood of Trump’s acquittal was even cited by several Democrats as an initial reason to not proceed with an impeachment inquiry in the first place.

Yet Pelosi, who hesitated for months to embrace calls for impeachment, said the Ukraine scandal changed her mind — and that the charge that Trump was soliciting foreign interference in the next election required urgency, even if Republicans remained opposed. Public support, once sharply against impeachment, surged during the Ukraine investigation to a 50-50 split on whether Trump should be removed from office.

“The facts are not seriously in dispute,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor. “The president sought to cheat the people out of a free and fair election. How could such an offense not be deemed a high crime?”

“Our nation was founded on the idea of truth,” Schumer continued. “But this president is such a menace, so contemptuous of every virtue, so dishonorable, so dishonest, that you must ignore — indeed sacrifice — the truth to maintain his favor.”

The central allegations against Trump stretch back to July 25, 2019 — the day after Mueller testified to Congress about the Kremlin’s massive interference campaign in support of Trump during the 2016 campaign.

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Donald J. Trump Acquitted of All Charges, Democratic Leaders Defeated


The Senate voted Wednesday to acquit President Donald Trump of both articles of impeachment brought against him by the House of Representatives.

House Democrats passed two articles of impeachment in December accusing the president of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in relation to Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

During the call, Trump asked Zelensky to look into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine while the elder Biden was vice president and point man for the Obama administration’s policy toward Kyiv.

Neither impeachment article identified criminal conduct by Trump.

On the first article of impeachment regarding abuse of power, the Senate vote was 48 guilty, and 52 not guilty.

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The vote was strictly along party lines, except for Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.

Romney broke ranks and vote to convict Trump, announcing his decision from the Senate floor ahead of the vote.

“The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust. What he did was not perfect. No, it was a flagrant assault of our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values,” Romney said.

On the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, 47 senators found Trump guilty, while 53 said he was not guilty in a strictly party-line vote.

Ahead of the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged senators to break the “factional fever” that fueled the nation’s first completely partisan impeachment in House.

Trump’s acquittal came following Friday’s Senate vote rejecting calling additional witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial.

After remaining non-committal on the issue, Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee voted with the Republican colleagues in opposition to further testimony.

In a Friday statement after the vote against calling in further witnesses, McConnell said, “A majority of the U.S. Senate has determined that the numerous witnesses and 28,000-plus pages of documents already in evidence are sufficient to judge the House Managers’ accusations and end this impeachment trial.”

A total of 17 witnesses testified during the House impeachment inquiry.

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In a December letter to McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for four additional witnesses, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

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McConnell said in response that it’s not the Senate’s responsibility to spend its time and resources going on a “fishing expedition” to try to cure a flawed House impeachment inquiry, overseen by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

“So now, the Senate Democratic leader would apparently like our chamber to do House Democrats’ homework for them,” the majority leader said. “He wants to volunteer the Senate’s time and energy on a fishing expedition to see whether his own ideas could make Chairman Schiff’s sloppy work more persuasive than Chairman Schiff himself bothered to make it.”

Trump’s acquittal ends a four-month impeachment process, which began in late September with Pelosi’s announcement that the House was launching a formal inquiry into Trump’s alleged wrongdoing.

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Mitt Romney votes to remove President Trump

WASHINGTON – Saying the president committed “an appalling abuse of the public trust,” Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney voted to convict President Donald Trump on the first article of impeachment, becoming the first senator ever to vote against his own party’s president in an impeachment trial. 

“This verdict is ours to render,” Romney said in his speech on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the historic vote. “The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a ‘high crime and misdemeanor.’ Yes, he did.”

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was elected to the Senate in 2018 from Utah. 

Romney acknowledged that his vote would not affect the outcome of the trial. The Senate voted 52-48 to acquit on the first article, and 53-47 on the second. Romney voted to acquit on the second charge, obstruction of Congress. Opponents needed 67 of the 100 senators to remove Trump from office. 

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, arrives before President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

Trump can tout the acquittal, but Romney’s defection makes it harder for the president to claim total vindication from impeachment which he often describes as a partisan witch hunt and a “hoax.”

If any GOP senator were going to defy the president, it was Romney. The Utah senator has often clashed with Trump, calling him a “fraud” and a “phony” when Trump was running in 2016 for president.

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What to Watch For and Everything to Know as Biden, Warren, Yang and Steyer Face Off in CNN Town Hall

Four Democratic candidates will take the stage in New Hampshire on Wednesday to make a final pitch to voters ahead of the state’s primary contest next week.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and billionaire Tom Steyer will participate in back-to-back town hall events hosted by CNN.

The cable news network will host a total of eight town halls with presidential candidates over the next two days at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. The events will kick off at 8 p.m. ET each night and will be aired on CNN, and the network’s mobile apps.

During the second night, voters will hear from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. CNN said invitations were “extended to candidates who qualify to participate in the Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate,” which will be on Friday, February 7.

The town halls will take place less than a week before New Hampshire residents cast their vote for their preferred presidential nominee. The state’s early-voting primary is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11.

The latest polls of the battleground state show Sanders leading the pack. According to a Boston Globe/Suffolk University survey released on Monday, the Vermont senator had 24 percent support among likely primary voters. Biden and Warren rounded out the top three slots, earning 18 percent and 13 percent support respectively.

During the town halls, candidates will take questions directly from the audience as well as from a CNN moderator. Some recent events the Democrats are likely to be quizzed on include impeachment and the Iowa caucuses.

Supporters cheer on Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren at a rally outside the New Hampshire State House on November 13, 2019. Warren, along with Joe Biden, Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer, will take place in a CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Wednesday, February 5.
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Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses melted down on Monday night due to issues with a new voting application system, which delayed the release of results. The problem stemmed from a “coding issue” in the app that party officials hoped would streamline reporting of the process.

Wednesday’s town halls will also take place just hours after the Senate is due to vote on whether or not Trump should be removed from office. The vote will bring an end to a weeks-long trial, during which senators heard from House impeachment managers and the president’s defense team on the issue of impeachment.

Trump is nearly guaranteed to be acquitted on Wednesday, as Democrats are nowhere near close enough to the 20 Republican votes they’d need to remove him from office. Biden, Warren, Yang and Steyer have all supported the president’s impeachment.

Warren said in New Hampshire on Tuesday that she would consider voting to censure Trump over his conduct with Ukraine. She also predicted that Republicans in the Senate would acquit the president.

“It appears that tomorrow they are going to prove that their loyalty to a single person is higher than their loyalty to the Constitution of the United States,” Warren said during the campaign stop. “That is fundamentally wrong, and that is why we all need to be in this fight and get out there and vote.”

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Investigate Dems first, then move on post-impeachment

The Democrats want impeachment to disgrace President Trump “for life” and tilt the 2020 election. Not if Sen. Lindsey Graham has his way. Graham is proposing post-impeachment investigations by the Senate to “get to the bottom” of the Democrats’ impeachment hoax. That will pin the disgrace where it belongs — on the party that dragged the nation through an unwarranted ordeal.

Meanwhile, Vice President Pence is urging the country to “acquit and move on.” The Washington Post reports many Republican senators feel the same.

Not so fast. It’s not time to move on. These Senate investigations will be essential both to uncover House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s intrigue in engineering the whistleblower complaint and to expose the solid reasons Trump had for asking the president of Ukraine to help the U.S. investigate the Bidens.

Graham said it’s “important” to bring the whistleblower in for questioning to see “if the whistleblower was working with people on Schiff’s staff that wanted to take Trump down.”

What has already come to light is that on July 26, one day after Trump’s controversial call with the Ukrainian president, Schiff hired a friend of the alleged whistleblower to join his staff. Shortly afterward, Schiff’s staff met with the whistleblower and guided him on how to file a complaint.

Media outlets have identified the whistleblower as Eric Ciaramella. He doesn’t deny it.

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham reports that she obtained a series of State Department emails showing Ciaramella met with Ukrainian prosecutors at the White House in January 2016, when he served on the National Security Council as a Ukraine expert. The prosecutors were concerned about Hunter Biden’s lucrative board position on the corrupt energy company Burisma, which was a target of an investigation.

Ciaramella isn’t an unbiased informant like whistleblowers should be. He was aware of the Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine in 2016 and now he has a leading part in the Democrats’ playbook to protect them.

Graham’s investigation also needs to examine why intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson rated the suspect whistleblower complaint “credible” and sent it to Congress — the trigger required for Schiff to launch an impeachment investigation.

Whistleblower regulations say that “secondhand or unsubstantiated assertions” are not sufficient, but that’s all Ciaramella could provide. He wasn’t on the July 25 call. Atkinson testified to the intelligence community behind closed doors, and probably offered answers. But Schiff refused to release Atkinson’s testimony, even to the senators during the trial. A stunning concealment.

Schiff shuts down any questioning about the whistleblower. Don’t be fooled. That’s Schiff protecting himself. No law shields whistleblowers from a congressional inquiry.

Weeks ago, Senate Finance Committee staff interviewed an IRS whistleblower who says he heard secondhand that senior Treasury officials meddled in the IRS audit of the president or vice president’s tax returns.

That IRS whistleblower also lacked firsthand knowledge of misdeeds. Yet House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, a Democrat, used that whistleblower complaint to make his case for the release of Trump’s back taxes. Concocting phony whistleblower complaints is the Democrats’ new weapon of choice. That’s why Graham is right to insist the whistleblower who launched impeachment be grilled in front of the Senate.

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Trump acquitted by Senate, ending historic impeachment trial

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President Donald Trump is preparing to do battle with Democrats’ 2020 nominee after being acquitted by the Senate following a rancorous impeachment trial.

The Senate on Wednesday acquitted President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, capping the third impeachment trial in U.S. history as the 2020 race for the White House kicks into high gear.

With the Senate controlled by Trump’s Republican Party and 67 votes required to remove him from office, the president’s acquittal was long expected by investors

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But the monthslong drama helped to supercharge an already-heated political battle as Trump and Democrats cast their eye toward November’s elections.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives in December backed the articles of impeachment, charging that Trump abused his power by withholding aid to Ukraine to pressure the country to announce investigations that could benefit him politically. Democrats also charged Trump with obstructing Congress’s probe by instructing his top advisers to defy subpoenas.

Read: Trump impeached in historic House vote.

Senators voted 52 to 48 to acquit Trump on the abuse charge, and 53 to 47 on obstruction.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was the sole Republican to break with his party, joining all Democrats in voting “guilty” for the first article. The 2012 GOP presidential nominee called Trump “guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust” before voting. Romney became the first senator in history to vote for convicting a president of his own party.

Trump denied wrongdoing, calling the impeachment effort a hoax. As impeachment managers argued their case during the trial, Trump’s attorneys defended him by saying Democrats had not proven it. Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz argued that even if the president had undertaken a quid pro quo, it wouldn’t be impeachable.

See: Trump defense: Even if there was ‘quid pro quo,’ it’s not impeachable.

With the impeachment saga closed, Democrats plan to continue investigating Trump. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Wednesday that Democrats “will likely” subpoena John Bolton, the former national security adviser, who claims in a forthcoming book that Trump told him he wanted to tie Ukraine aid to an investigation of the Bidens.

Read: ‘I believe John Bolton,’ says Trump’s former Chief of Staff Kelly.

Trump, meanwhile, is pivoting toward his re-election campaign as Democrats compete in early nominating states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

He went on the attack against Democrats in his Tuesday-night State of the Union speech, blasting the “Medicare for All” plans favored by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and touted low U.S. unemployment and the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

Now see: Trump hammers Democrats on health care, touts economy in State of the Union speech.

Trump did not mention impeachment in his speech. But his visible rift with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was seen tearing up a copy of his address, suggested there is little appetite for cooperation on issues including infrastructure

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and lowering drug prices

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Acquit! Acquit! Acquit! Today, Democrats Will Officially Lose Their Battle Against Trump

The sweet smell of victory for Republicans on the Senate floor will be the end of Rep. Maxine Waters chant and the Democrat dream to “Impeach! Impeach! Impeach!”

Well, at least for now.

The outcome of Wednesday’s upcoming 4 p.m. Senate vote will end in “acquittal.” Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the chamber. It’s not enough to make Rep. Adam Schiff’s, D-CA, clan impeachment dreams come true because a two-thirds majority is required for conviction.

Last night we saw the Trump hate train – dressed in white –  in full swing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, was the conductor. She culminated the historic State of the Union by shredding a copy President Donald Trump’s historic speech in front of the nation.

It will backfire.

Like most vindictive people, Pelosi, couldn’t control her disdain for Trump and her failure in bringing charges of obstruction and abuse of power against him could be seen on her face. She knew she had lost her battle against Trump.

Pelosi is Wiley Coyote and Trump is her Road Runner. Those memes on Twitter are filled with an underlying truth. It could be funny if what we are dealing with isn’t so fundamentally frightening.

Why? Because this upcoming 2020 presidential election will be a definitive moment in our history. We have a choice between far Democratic leftists, who believe the American people can’t make their own choices, and Trump, who has proven through his actions that it is the people who make this nation great not the Washington elites.

Pelosi’s actions last night exemplified, however, how the Washington elites really feel deep down inside. It’s a tragedy it’s come to this. Too much power culminated in the bubble of the Washington swamp is a recipe for disaster and that’s what we’ve been witnessing since the 2016 election.

Those who hate Trump and the American people who voted for him have broken sacred rules of our Constitution, weaponized the Justice Department, Intelligence community and led a culture of corruption at the FBI.

Despite their belief that they are the guardians of what Americans should do or think, our Founding Fathers saw these antics long ago and protected the American people from people just like this when they signed the Declaration of Independence and established a Constitution strong enough that it couldn’t be manipulated.

Pelosi’s actions Tuesday night were a disgrace to the American people. It was a slap in the face to the special guests invited to the State of The Union and for that they will pay a heavy price at the ballot box.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe the Democratic hatred will end with the Senate’s acquittal of Trump Wednesday. The acquittal vote is coming days after Democrats failed to convince colleagues or the American people that Trump is guilty of the crime.

Democrats did not prove their case. The Trump haters have been fishing for a crime, fishing for anything to remove him from office and will continue to fish.

In essence, these Democrats and ‘never-Trumpers’ want to remove the American people from a process that makes this nation the envy of the world.

Instead, what these political elitists will discover is that the American people will do what they always do best, fight the battles as they come and win the war at the ballot box in November.


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Impeachment trial live: Republican Mitt Romney says he will vote to convict Trump

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Senator Mitt Romney said on Wednesday that he will vote to convict President Donald Trump on the impeachment article charging abuse of power, breaking with his party to support removing Trump from office, the New York Times reported.

“I believe that attempting to corrupt an election to maintain power is about as egregious an assault on the Constitution as can be made,” Romney told the New York Times. “And for that reason, it is a high crime and misdemeanour, and I have no choice under the oath that I took but to express that conclusion.”

Romney, a moderate, had sided with Democrats in calling for more witness testimony in Trump’s impeachment trial, a move Republicans blocked.

Once the party’s standard-bearer as its 2012 presidential nominee, Romney has at times been out of step with a party now fully behind the president.

The impeachment drama that has consumed Washington since September will come to an end on Wednesday with Trump’s expected acquittal in the U.S. Senate, with the Republican president pivoting toward winning re-election in November.

Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, centre, speaks with an attendee ahead of a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

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The Republican-controlled Senate was scheduled to vote at 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT) on whether to convict him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress arising from his dealings with Ukraine in only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The Democratic-led House of Representatives approved the charges on Dec. 18.

While the vote is historic, the outcome of acquittal appears assured. A two-thirds majority vote would be necessary to remove him. Republicans hold 53 of the Senate’s 100 seats, and none of them has called for conviction. Trump, America’s 45th president, would have to turn over his office to Vice President Mike Pence if convicted on either charge.

After facing the darkest chapter of his presidency, Trump, 73, is seeking a second four-year term in the Nov. 3 election.

As they did on Tuesday, senators ahead of the vote made a series of speeches explaining their decision in the trial. It remains to be seen whether any Democratic senators break ranks from their party to hand Trump a bipartisan acquittal.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones, facing a tough re-election bid this year in Republican-dominated Alabama, said he would vote to convict Trump on both charges and voiced alarm at the arguments by the president’s lawyers in favor of virtually unchecked presidential power.

Jones also issued an appeal for unity at a time of deep partisan divisions in Washington and nationwide.

“Our country deserves better than this. They deserve better from the president. They deserve better from the Congress. We must find a way to come together to set aside partisan differences and to focus on what we have in common as Americans,” Jones said.

Trump denied wrongdoing and most Republicans in the House and Senate rallied around him. Over the past few days, some Republican senators have criticized Trump’s behavior but said it did not warrant his ouster.

“I hope our Democratic colleagues will finally accept the results of this trial, just as they have not accepted the results of the 2016 election,” said Republican Senator John Cornyn, saying he hopes they do not launch a second impeachment inquiry. “It’s time for our country to come together, to heal the wounds that divide us.”


Democratic Senator Kamala Harris said the trial underscored that “in America there are two systems of justice: one for the powerful and another for everyone else.

“Donald Trump knows all this better than anybody,” Harris said.

“After the Senate votes today, Donald Trump will want the American people to feel cynical. He will want us not to care. He will want us to think he is all powerful and we have no power. We’re not going to let him get away with that,” Harris added.

Senator Lamar Alexander, one of the Republicans who has faulted Trump’s conduct, explained his decision to vote for acquittal, saying the House charges – even if true – did not meet the Constitution’s standard for impeachable offenses of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The House launched its impeachment inquiry in September. The Senate trial began on Jan. 16. Senate Republicans voted down a Democratic bid to call witnesses such as former national security adviser John Bolton and present new evidence in the trial.

The charges against Trump centered on his request that Ukraine investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden and the president’s subsequent actions to block testimony and documents sought by the House in its impeachment investigation. Democrats accused Trump of abusing his power by withholding $391 million in security aid passed by Congress to help Ukraine combat Russia-backed separatists as leverage to pressure Kiev to help him smear a political rival.

Biden is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump in November.

Partisan rancor reverberated through the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday night as Trump delivered his annual State of the Union remarks, with tensions between him and House Democrats spilling into public view.

Trump is the third U.S. president to have been impeached. The two others, Bill Clinton in 1999 and Andrew Johnson in 1868, were left in power by the Senate.

Clinton was acquitted on charges of lying under oath and obstruction of justice stemming from a sexual relationship with a White House intern. Johnson was acquitted of 11 charges focusing on a post-Civil War dispute over his removal of the secretary of war.

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Reaction to Rush’s Cancer Shows Leftists Wanting To Control Health Care Also Want Him To Die

Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but when I show up at the emergency room or walk in the door for my annual physical, there is only one question on my mind: “Can this doctor save or improve the quality of my life?” Full stop.

I do not proceed to wonder whether they are male or female, young or old, Caucasian or otherwise.

Nor do my thoughts bring me to consider which political party the individual caring for me affiliates with or who they might have cast their ballot for last November.

In turn, it is my greatest hope that, when I sit down in that office chair or lie on that cold, sterile hospital bed, the person caring for me isn’t running through any of those questions either — only, “How can I save or improve this man’s life?”

Unfortunately, however, if I have learned anything from Rush Limbaugh’s recently revealed late-stage lung cancer diagnosis, it is that many left-wing pundits and cultural figures simply cannot keep themselves from asking all those other unrelated questions.

Why, you might ask? Because apparently knowing the political beliefs of their peers colors the way these supposedly inclusive leftists intend to treat a person.

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And if the left’s behavior regarding Limbaugh is any indicator, knowledge about those beliefs will color their treatment of a person in a deeply negative way, should that person happen to be a conservative.

Do you think the U.S. should ever institute a so-called “Medicare for All” system?

A long-despised figure in left-wing political media spheres, the words “have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer” could hardly escape Limbaugh’s lips before the mob descended on him Monday afternoon.

As right-wing activists and fans, and even a share of reasonable Democrats, made it a point to set differences aside and express sadness at the radio host’s live announcement, the social justice left celebrated.

And I do mean celebrated.

“Ask yourself this simple question: is the world a better place or a worse place with Rush Limbaugh in it?” supposed religious scholar and former CNN host Reza Aslan said.

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“I know we shouldn’t celebrate one’s misfortunes…. but #PartyOverHere,” film producer Tariq Nasheed tweeted, attaching an apparently comedic video of several individuals vigorously dancing.

Even those on the left unwilling to sally the entirety of their reputation with tasteless jokes on the matter were not above the pig pile, repeating the trite sentiment that they would never wish ill upon anyone — always followed by a “but” and a string of adjectives aimed at assassinating Limbaugh’s character.

The only thing that makes remarks such as these all the more disgusting and disquieting is the realization of just who’s delivering them.

It is entirely those on the hard left, of course.

And remember, it’s those on the far left who are are radical enough that they support socialized medicine.

Let that sit for a moment.

On the ever-growing radical fringes of the new American left there is a contingent of individuals talking from one side of their mouths about the dignity of human life and the importance of a fair and equal health care system, and from the other side of their mouths about how wonderful a world we would live in if a political opponent were to die of lung cancer.

Of course, their policy prescription for creating such a health care system is that the representatives of their choice be elected to higher office and given total governmental control over said system and its marketplace.

They want control over who receives care, how much of it, when they receive it and how.

In short, they want the reins of power.

Considering their character flaws are so deep they would cheer a man’s cancer diagnosis over political disagreements, I desperately hope the reins are never handed over to them.

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Pro-wrestling theatrics at SOTU fail to pull the wool in latest divide & conquer move — RT USA News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s speech-ripping performance at President Donald Trump’s SOTU isn’t fooling disaffected Democrats, who want a leader who actually stands up to the president, rather than #Resistance theatrics.

Pelosi’s if-looks-could-kill glare and paper-tearing finale at the president’s yearly address to Congress on Tuesday may have dominated the discussion on social media through the night, but for every blue-check cheering for “Nancy the Ripper,” there was a jaded progressive wondering what happened to genuine opposition.

Pelosi, they reminded their cheerleader pals, has categorically refused to oppose the Trump administration on anything substantial – military spending, healthcare, even the self-consciously absurd Space Force – while hundreds of thousands of Americans languish without roofs over their heads. Worse, these decisions are somehow framed not as collaboration, but as victories.

Others felt the move seemed designed to alienate anyone on the Right who might be tiring of Trump’s drift toward Republican Party orthodoxy. With just that one gesture, liberals and conservatives were off to the races arguing about whether it was disrespectful, noble, necessary… Party leaders on both sides weighed in, and the conversation was firmly derailed from tackling any of the actual issues with Trump’s speech – from his decision to honor thrice-failed Venezuelan coup-master Juan Guaido to his revival of the term ‘Manifest Destiny’, the 19th-century quasi-religious American frontier philosophy used by some to justify laying waste to indigenous communities.

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Overstaying his welcome? Trump spotlights Venezuela’s Guaido in cringeworthy reminder of year-long ‘interim presidency’

Pelosi wasn’t the only one who used the SOTU as a springboard for their own performative #Resistance. Democratic congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley publicly declined to attend so as not to “legitimize” Trump’s “lawless conduct,” while their fellow ‘Squad’ members Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib framed their attendance as its own act of “resistance” – only to walk out in the middle of the speech, drawing as much attention to their camera-ready “act of defiance” as possible. Ironically, Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan accused Trump of pro-wrestling levels of fakery.

Progressive discontent with the social media #Resistance was not limited to the party’s scenery-chewing performance at the SOTU, of course. The theatrics of the impeachment trial have backfired so spectacularly they may have handed Trump a second term – the president was enjoying his highest approval ratings yet in a poll published on Tuesday. Yet the Democratic establishment, rather than recalibrating their strategy to reality, cheers when impeachment standard-bearer Adam Schiff suggests Trump plans to offer Alaska to Russia in exchange for election interference in 2020.

Winning the 2020 election would place Democrats in a difficult situation, forcing them to put their money where their mouth is and unwind the Trump programs they’ve railed so stridently against while quietly allowing them to pass. Given the party’s hostility towards anti-war politicians within its ranks, it’s highly unlikely a Democratic centrist would see a 2020 win as an opportunity to draw back from the brink of war with Iran, or regime change in Venezuela – one Trump initiative that even Pelosi applauded with a standing ovation on Tuesday night.

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