Former President Donald Trump Acquitted By Senate In Impeachment Trial, Releases Statement On Future Of ‘Movement’
The Senate on Saturday acquitted Donald Trump of a single impeachment charge of Inciting Insurrection.
The verdict, on a vote of 57-43. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats to convict, but it was far from the two-third threshold required.
Republican Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania voted to convict Trump.
In closing arguments, Trump’s Attorneys highlighted what they called the hypocrisy of Democrats adding that the entire impeachment and trial was ‘politically motivated’ out of a hatred for the former President.
During the trial, Attorney’s for Trump played videos that showed Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren and other high ranking Democrats using the same ‘Fight’ language that the democrats accused Trump of using to incite violence.
In addition the Defense Team played videos showing the violence that took place over the summer during the Black Lives Matter, Antifa riots with Democrats such as Vice President Harris and Speaker Pelosi condoning those acts of violence.
They also played videos of Democrats calling for violence against Trump and his supporters.
Saturday morning Democrat Impeachment Managers indicated they wished to call Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash. to speak about a statement she made regarding a phone call House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., allegedly had with President Donald Trump on Jan. 6. After which the Senate voted to allow witnesses. However the defense argued they would call witnesses such as Speaker Pelosi and Vice-President Harris, at which point the Senate took a two-hour break in the trial.
House managers and Trump’s attorneys agreed to stipulate that the statement released by Rep. Beutler , could be entered into the trial record, averting a delay in the trials conclusion. However the defense pointed out that the statement was refuted by Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
After the vote to acquit, Trump released a statement saying his movement “has only just begun.”
“I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth.
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.
Our cherished Constitutional Republic was founded on the impartial rule of law, the indispensable safeguard for our liberties, our rights and our freedoms.
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.
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, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.
I also want to convey my gratitude to the millions of decent, hardworking, law-abiding, God-and-Country loving citizens who have bravely supported these important principles in these very difficult and challenging times.
Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it!
We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.
Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
We remain one People, one family, and one glorious nation under God, and it’s our responsibility to preserve this magnificent inheritance for our children and for generations of Americans to come.
May God bless all of you, and may God forever bless the United States of America.”
His son Donald Trump Jr. also weighed in on the Senate decision saying the following: