The White House welcomed the acquittal and again condemned the trial of the US President. The impeachment has relieved Trump completely, said spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham. “As we have said all along, he is not guilty.”
Only the President’s opponents – all Democrats and a “failed Republican presidential candidate” – Senator Mitt Romney – would have voted for the “unfounded impeachment charges” and thus for a conviction. Grisham condemned the investigation and impeachment proceedings against Trump as an “entirely corrupt trial”.
“All of the Democrats’ effort was aimed at tipping the results of the 2016 election and intervening in the 2020 election,” Grisham said. The President was pleased that the latest chapter in “shameful behavior” by Democrats was a thing of the past.
The President himself has announced an opinion for Thursday’s acquittal. Then he would talk about “the country’s victory over the impeachment fraud,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
He also responded with a provocative video: You can see a background based on the title page of the magazine “Time”, on which you can see signs typical of Trump’s campaign, but starting with the words “Trump 2024”.
The further the video zooms in, the further the year increases, always in four-year steps – according to the length of a term of office of the US President. The annual numbers rise in a matter of seconds, and in the end “Trump 4Eva” stands for “Trump forever”. The video is accompanied by the orchestral piece “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by the composer Edvard Grieg.
The head of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, responded with a warning after the vote in the Senate. In her view, Trump continues to be a “threat to America’s democracy”. With the impeachment for Trump in impeachment, Republican senators normalized “lawlessness” and undermining the constitutional order, Pelosi said. There is still a danger that the president could manipulate elections.
Pelosi: Republicans are “willing accomplices to cover up the president”
The acquittal for Trump has no value because the Senate did not allow further witnesses and evidence as necessary for a fair trial, Pelosi continued. Republican senators have become “willing accomplices in covering up the president,” Pelosi argued. The initiation of impeachment proceedings against him as a result of the House of Representatives investigation will “forever”, she said.
The US House of Representatives had charged Trump with the majority of Democrats for abuse of power and interference with Congress investigations: Trump is said to have urged Ukrainian President Wolodimir Selenski to investigate his democratic rival Joe Biden in order to influence the 2020 US presidential election in his favor ,
The Democrats see it as proven that Trump has made the release of military aid to Kiev and a meeting with Selensky in the White House dependent on the announcement of such an investigation. When that came out, Trump had done everything possible to block the House investigation. Trump vehemently rejected the allegations.
The affair was drawn up over months. At the end of September, the Democrats first opened an impeachment investigation against Trump. The House of Representatives dominated by them interviewed witnesses for weeks and gathered documents and information.
In December, the plenum of the Trump Chamber finally indicted the majority of Democrats. In mid-January, the actual proceedings began in the Senate – the other congress chamber, which plays the role of a court in the case of impeachment and has to make a final decision on the charges against the House of Representatives.
20 Republicans should have voted against Trump
In the process, the Democrats had urged that witnesses be summoned to the Senate and that new documents be requested. They hoped for more information that would be stressful for Trump, but failed because of the majority of Trumps Republicans who prevented the hearing of witnesses.
Trump is only the third president in US history to be impeached in the Senate. According to the U.S. Constitution, at least 67 of the 100 senators in such an impeachment case must be found guilty of the president on at least one of the charges in order to be removed from office.
In view of the current majority in the chamber, at least 20 Republicans would have had to side with the Democrats to remove Trump from office. Despite the urgent appeals by the Democrats to the conscience of the Republican senators, no such majority was reached.
The Senate ruling is a relief to Trump at the beginning of the US election year. The presidential election is scheduled for November 3, and Trump will run for a second term.
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