WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 13, 2021)—today, the U.S. Senate completed the second impeachment trial against President Donald J. Trump with an acquittal. The vote was 57-43. A minimum two-thirds, or 67 votes, were needed to convict.
Republican Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania all voted guilty.
Immediately following the acquittal vote President Donald J. Trump released a statement “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it,” Trump said.
“I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth,” the statement began. “My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country,” added Trump.
Trump’s statement continued to read “It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree. I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.”
In spite of the lies, false allegations and attacks, President Trump issued a unity statement “we remain one people, one family and one under glorious Nation under God.” “We have so much work ahead of us.”
President Michael Van Veen presented an impeccable case of honesty, transparency and truth not only to defend Pres Trump but democracy and justice for all! House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy disclaimed the false narrative that he engaged in a conversation with President Trump during the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2020–that allegedly included a discussion about the Trump supporters and the National Guard. Trump offered to deploy the National Guards prior to January 6, 2020, but he was met with resistance from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the US Capitol Police and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Attorney Veen has presented an impeccable case of honesty, transparency and truth not only to defend Pres Trump but democracy and justice for all! pic.twitter.com/86bpKQABbC— beenewsdaily (@BeeNewsDaily) February 13, 2021
Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted after delivering a ten minute post acquittal statement on the U.S. Senate floor in which he failed to concede defeat:
My fellow Americans—If this nation is going to long endure, we, as a people, cannot condone Trump’s conduct. If lying about elections is acceptable, if encouraging political violence becomes the norm, it will be open season for whoever has the biggest clubs, most powerful guns.
My fellow Americans—If this nation is going to long endure, we, as a people, cannot condone Trump’s conduct.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 13, 2021
If lying about elections is acceptable, if encouraging political violence becomes the norm, it will be open season for whoever has the biggest clubs, most powerful guns.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted a disturbing statement with her fellow House Managers who had to retract false evidence and statements during the trial including false allegations against US Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA: “Our House Managers laid out a case of overwhelming and irrefutable evidence of this searing truth.” The managers failed to convince 67 US Senators to convict honorable President Trump.