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WASHINGTON—In a vote that was predictable but momentous, President Trump was acquitted by the Senate on the charges contained in two articles of impeachment, related to abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, that had been endorsed by the House of Representatives in December.
The final vote was 48 to 52 on article one, and 47 to 53 on article two. The only surprise was when Mitt Romney of Utah voted to convict Trump on the first article, in what would prove the lone GOP defection. Every Democrat voted to convict Trump, though there had been concern that legislators from Trump-friendly states, in particular Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Doug Jones of Alabama might ultimately side with Trump.
None ultimately did, leaving Romney as the only Senator to vote against his party. In fact, he became the first Senator in United States history to vote in favor of convicting a president of his own party in an impeachment trial.
Speaking before the 4p.m. vote, Romney rejected the notion that November’s forthcoming election would prove a sufficient referendum on Trump.
“This verdict is ours to render,” Romney said in Senate floor remarks that instantaneously went viral on social media. “The people will judge us for how well and faithfully we fulfilled our duty. 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.’”
The man who was once considered by Trump as a potential Secretary of State then delivered his lonely but devastating conclusion: “Yes, he did.”
By casting his vote against Trump, Romney single handedly prevented impeachment from remaining a solely partisan affair.
To convict and remove Trump as president, Democrats would have needed 20 Republicans to cross party lines, something they have generally been unwilling to do, fearing that he might launch a primary challenge against them. In the entire impeachment inquiry, encompassing both the House and Senate, only two Republicans ever voted with Democrats. That was when Romney and Susan Collins of Maine voted in favor of hearing from more witnesses during the now-concluded Senate trial, and when Romney subsequently voted to convict
After the measure on additional witnesses failed last Friday, it became clear an acquittal for Trump was just a matter of time. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York agreed to take the weekend off, with the Senate returning for closing arguments on Monday, breaking for the State of the Union address on Tuesday, then taking the final vote on Wednesday.
Trump is the first president since Bill Clinton to have been acquitted in an impeachment trial. In brief remarks from the Rose Garden after his 1999 acquittal, Clinton said he was “profoundly sorry” for his words and deeds, though he did not mention his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, or his false statements, given under oath, during the ensuing investigation.
“I also am humbled and very grateful for the support and the prayers I have received from millions of Americans over this past year,” Clinton went on. “Now I ask all Americans, and I hope all Americans, here in Washington and throughout our land, rededicate ourselves to the work of serving our nation and building our future together.”
Displaying the deft political sense that had won him the presidency years before, Clinton said “this can be, and this must be, a time of reconciliation and renewal for America.”
No such reconciliation is very likely in the days and months ahead, not with Trump having branded impeachment a “sham” from the start. He has continued to insist that his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky—the basis for the impeachment inquiry—was “perfect.” In recent days, Republicans have started to acknowledge it was rather less than that. Still, on the whole they continued to defend the president.
Romney’s announcement thus stood as a lone tone of dissent in a chorus that otherwise loudly defended the president.
Speaking ahead of the vote, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. issued a dire warning to Democrats. “By legitimizing this impeachment process,” he said, “what you have done is unleash the partisan forces of hell."
VIDEO of Trump Speaking.
Donald Trump Jr.
“It was all bullshit”
He’s 100% right. Before the usual suspects get to their pearl clutching remember what the Democrats put him, his family, & the American people through.
It was all lies all the time purely for political gain. The language is perfect!
"I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong, nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when they know that’s not so." - President
BOMBSHELL: Russia Probe Member Admits “Trying To Get Rid Of” President Trump; Laid Perjury Trap
Wonder why Weissmann is saying this? Who got to him to make him speak?
Each and every time we learn of a person or an organization that was secretly scheming to take out President Trump, we really aren’t that surprised. However, once in a blue moon, even Democrats shock us when their immorality reaches a new low. This is one of those instances. Democrats were “trying to get rid of” President Trump “in part by laying a perjury trap to get him on record under oath.” An actual perjury trap. Wow.
Andrew Weissmann, known as one of the most influential members of Robert Mueller’s special counsel on the Russia investigation, could not contain his giddy hatred for the President and let the bombshell slip. Weissmann, known as Mueller’s “pitbull” appeared on MSNBC to discuss Trump’s acquittal. To begin his point, Weissman made a bizarre comparison to Trump saying, “When the Italians tried to get rid of Berlusconi and they had a very very similar demagogue who also was a-moral.”
Clearly, Weissman admits that the situation with Democrats in the United States also was to try and “get rid of” President Trump. He then goes into the attempt at laying a perjury trap. In discussing Trump’s comments after his acquittal, accusing Trump of “mouthing off,” Weissmann said, “He never submitted to an interview, he never testified under oath – it’s true, the same happened in the Mueller case.”
The “same happened in the Mueller case,” a very telling sentence showing Democrats’ multiple efforts to trap Trump. When MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace asked Weissman “why do you think that is?” Weissman’s answer truly shows how deep the impeachment desperation goes when he casually responds “there’s a classic reason…there is legal jeopardy that attaches if you sit for an interview or if you say something under oath to federal prosecutors, to federal prosecutors, to the House, to the Senate.”
Former U.S. attorney Joe diGenova told Fox News last summer that the Russia probe has “always been the Weissmann investigation” and that Mueller was simply “nothing more than a figurehead.” Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) noted that Weissmann was Mueller’s “corruptly biased henchman” who did the hiring for the investigation and was “stacking the deck with angry, anti-Trump prosecutors.”
Needless to say, President Trump’s point saying the Russian collusion probe was “all bull****” and that he was “treated unbelievably unfairly” is pretty obvious to see.