The U.S. Senate has acquitted president Donald John Trump on both impeachment charges today.
As expected, the Republican Senators voted as a block with every Senator but one voting to acquit on both charges.
The only GOP defector was traitor Mitt Romney (Utah) who voted to remove Trump from office on only one of the charges (Article One: Abuse of Power).
Per USA Today:
The Republican-led Senate voted to acquit Trump on two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was the only senator to cross party lines by voting to convict for abuse of power. Conviction was always unlikely in the GOP-led Senate, where Republicans hold a 53-47 majority because it required the support of at least two-thirds of the Senate or 67 senators.
The only surprising thing is that all the Democrat Senators stood firm with the far left, anti-Trumpers — even West Virginia Sen. Joe Mansion who seemed to be signaling that he would vote to acquit.
However, it is likely that once the Democrats all fully understood that there would be no substantive Republican defections, the more moderate Democrat senators felt safe enough to vote with the party line knowing that they would not be able to remove Trump, anyway.
Republicans, though celebrated the vote as a vote of “not guilty.”
Republican House Minority Leader took a jab at Nancy Pelosi on two levels with his celebratory tweet:
Acquitted for life. pic.twitter.com/HgqBXwpoWK
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 5, 2020
Both the ripping of the paper and the “acquitted for life” phrase were jabs at Pelosi who infamously just ripped up her printed copy of the president’s State of the Union speech last night and several weeks ago told reporters that Trump was “impeached for life.”
Going forward Trump will be able to say he was found innocent of the charges because he was not removed, but Democrats will counter saying that he was still impeached and will use that to try and make him illegitimate.
It won’t work. trump looks to be cruising to re-election in November despite the media’s and the Democrat’s best efforts.
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