The Senate overwhelmingly acquitted President Trump on both articles of impeachment against him Wednesday afternoon following a brief trial, in a historic rejection of Democrats’ claims that the president’s Ukraine dealings and handling of congressional subpoenas merited his immediate removal from office.
Several Congressional Democrats, speaking to Fox News, were dejected on Capitol Hill late Wednesday, even as they said they hoped to weaponize the acquittal votes by several moderate Republicans in swing states.
“We all knew how this was going,” one senior House Democratic source told Fox News. “But everyone’s depressed. Especially because of Iowa,” where the first-in-the-nation caucuses have been plagued by mismanagement.
Another Democratic source also said that impeachment “went as well as it could go.” There was significant consternation among House Democrats about heading down the impeachment road at all over the summer, Fox News is told, but Democratic leaders felt they had to get in front of the impeachment movement and embrace it – or they may have been steamrolled by the progressive wing of the party.
In the final vote, all Democratic senators supported convicting the president of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, including swing-vote moderate Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Doug Jones, D-Ala.
The only party defection was on the abuse of power charge from Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who declared hours before the final vote that Trump had engaged in as “destructive an attack on the oath of office and our Constitution as I can imagine.” Romney voted not guilty on the obstruction charge.
By a final vote of 52-48 against conviction on the abuse of power charge and 53-47 against conviction on the obstruction charge, the Senate fell far short of the two-thirds, 67-vote supermajority needed to convict and remove the president. Swing-vote Republican senators — including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee — voted to acquit on both counts.
The separate obstruction of Congress charge concerned the White House’s assertion of executive privilege and refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas. Romney explained he would acquit on the obstruction count, saying House Democrats had chosen not to respond to the White House’s legal arguments against the subpoenas.
After Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts formally declared Trump acquitted, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., presented him with the “Golden Gavel” award as a thank-you for his service. Former Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist received the same award, which is usually presented to freshmen senators after long hours presiding over the body, for his handling of President Bill Clinton’s 1999 impeachment trial.
“I look forward to seeing you all again under happier circumstances,” Roberts said as he concluded his remarks and prepared to depart the chamber.
Speaking to reporters after the vote, McConnell noted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had resisted calls for impeachment from the party’s progressive wing before finally caving — and said she should have trusted her “instincts.”
“I’m pretty sure she didn’t want to do this,” McConnell said, referring to Pelosi’s lengthy reluctance to initiate impeachment proceedings. Trump, speaking to Fox News ahead of the Super Bowl, made a similar argument, saying the “radical” wing of the Democratic Party had pushed her into making a grave mistake and realizing her “worst nightmare.”
McConnell also said he was “perplexed” by Democrats’ arguments that the evidence against Trump was overwhelming and obvious, but at the same time, more witnesses and evidence were desperately needed.
He called the proceedings a “thoroughly political exercise,” and added that ironically, Pelosi was right “in the beginning” when she didn’t want to go down this path.
“This was a political loser for them,” McConnell said. “At least in the short-term, this has been a colossal political mistake.”
A Gallup poll released this week showed record-high approval numbers for Trump and the Republican Party in general, suggesting the impeachment proceedings may have backfired politically for Democrats. The Republican Party’s approval numbers were at their highest since 2005, and Trump’s were the highest of his presidency.
I am glad that Congressional Democrats are upset after the just acquittal of President Donald J. Trump in the Senate Impeachment Trial yesterday.
After what they have put this country through for the last 3 years they deserve to be upset.
God knows, average Americans have been.
Did they not understand what the result of the 2016 Presidential Election was all about?
It wasn’t about the Russians.
It wasn’t about the Ukrainians.
It was about average Americans, living between the coasts, who had finally had enough of the Far Left Democratic Party trying to radically change the greatest country on God’s green Earth into another Venezuela.
Average Americans were tired of being called close-minded, xenophobic, homophobic misogynists for believing in traditional American Faith and Values.
They were also tired of listening to our country and our heritage being insulted by those who were supposed to be its biggest advocates.
Average Americans were tired of the tyranny of the minority.
However, the election of Donald J. Trump to the office of President of the United States of America was more than just a protest vote.
It was an affirmation of the charge to keep given to us by those who came before…those who suffered and sacrificed in order to ensure that their children and their children’s children would “have it better” than they had.
Americans were tired of the empty promises of professional politicians.
So, we elected a Citizen Statesman, a successful businessman and entrepreneur, who knew how to get things done.
However, even before Trump took office, the Democrats decided that they could not leave the decision as to who should be president up to average Americans.
Therefore, they began attacking Trump, both covertly and overtly, through the use of Deep State Operatives and a willing Main Stream Media.
That led to made up charges concerning Russian interference on behalf of the Trump Campaign, which lead to a Special Counsel being appointed and Phase 1 of a taxpayer-funded Witch Hunt.
When that failed, House Democrats took a phone call made between the presidents of two Sovereign Nations and attempted to remove the President of the United States of America over it…when there was nothing impeachable in it.
And now, that’s failed.
I have no idea what the arrogant anti-American cowards will attempt next.
However, I do know what must be done in ten months from now.
President Trump MUST be reelected and the Far Left Democrats in the House of Representatives MUST be voted out of office.
That is the only way to ensure that this effort to overturn the will of the American People will be stopped.
The tyranny of the minority must not be allowed to ruin the greatest country on the face of the Earth because of their love for a political philosophy which failed in every country in which it is tried.
God bless America.
Until He Comes,