— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 5, 2020
Courtesy of NYT:
The Senate acquitted President Trump on Wednesday of charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress, as Republicans turned back an election-year attempt by House Democrats to remove him from office for pressuring a foreign power to incriminate his political rivals.
The tally for conviction fell far below the 67-vote threshold necessary for removal and neither article of impeachment garnered even a simple majority. The first article, abuse of power, was rejected 48 to 52, and the second, obstruction of Congress, was defeated 47 to 53. Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, was the only member to break with his party, voting to remove Mr. Trump from office.
The votes, ending the third presidential impeachment trial in American history, were a resounding victory for Mr. Trump after five months of blaring scandal over Ukraine that embroiled Washington and threatened his presidency. But both sides agreed that the final judgment on Mr. Trump will be rendered by voters when they cast ballots in just nine months.
Mr. Trump’s campaign quickly declared that he had been “totally vindicated” and would win in November. “Since the president’s campaign only got bigger and stronger as a result of this nonsense,” said Brad Parscale, his campaign manager, “this impeachment hoax will go down as the worst miscalculation in American political history.”
It should be noted that Trump is far from vindicated, and remains impeached though the Senate failed to do their constitutional duty and remove him from office.
None of what happened today was as a surprise, with one notable exception.
“My promise before God to apply impartial justice required that I put my personal feelings and political biases aside.”
— ABC News (@ABC) February 5, 2020
I said earlier that Romney was the only Senator, not Lisa Murkowski or Susan Collins, who actually seemed to be struggling to decide what was the right thing to do.
Clearly he decided that the right thing, was the right thing to do.
Other GOP Senators have said publicly that what Trump did was wrong, but refused to hold him accountable.
History will not treat them well, nor will it be kind to this president, but Mitt Romney may be the one Republican in Washington who may be spared the condmenation that will surely come their way for their cowardice.
And now folks, we have an election to win.
Actually several elections all over the country.
It is time to throw the bums out, and by Zeus we have the numbers to do it.