President Trump certainly is a record setter!
We already knew that, but he has now become the first President to ever be (falsely) impeached twice…and win both times!
Probably because truth was always on his side.
Not matter how many lies the Democrats wanted to tell, no matter how much Fake News they wanted to create and try and use as “evidence”, truth ultimately wins out.
The final vote was 57-43, take a look:
Breaking: Trump acquitted in second impeachment trial after final 57-43 Senate vote | Just The News https://t.co/SoaoED7ywB
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) February 13, 2021
— One America News (@OANN) February 13, 2021
I agree with this 100%:
Well that was a waste of time.
Let’s get back to work.
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) February 13, 2021
Love the simple post from Eric Trump:
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) February 13, 2021
To paraphrase Ray Lewis: “THAT’S TWO FOR ME!”
You’re welcome Baltimore.
JUST IN: Former President Donald Trump on Saturday was acquitted by the U.S. Senate of the charge that he incited the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
— Wayne Dupree Media, LLC (@WayneDupreeShow) February 13, 2021
The acquittal came as a surprise turn of events brought the sham trial to an abrupt close on Saturday.
House managers and Donald Trump’s defense team agreed Saturday to move to closing arguments for up to 4 hours in the Senate impeachment trial of the former president.
After closing arguments concluded, senators acquitted Trump on the single article of incitement of insurrection, falling 10 votes short of the two-thirds necessary to convict with 57 voting guilty vs. 43 not guilty.
All Democrats and 7 Republicans voted guilty, including Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
The agreement to move to closing arguments came after the timetable for the rest of the trial had been pitched into uncertainty following a morning of surprises.
The Senate voted in favor of calling witnesses after the House impeachment managers said they wanted to call Washington Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to testify about the statement she issued on Friday evening regarding House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s conversation with Trump on the day of the riot. Trump defense counsel Michael van der Veen said he would seek depositions from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris in the event of an extended trial with witness testimony. Raskin also said he wanted Trump to testify. Trump’s defense and the impeachment managers eventually agreed to enter Herrera Beutler’s statement into trial evidence and proceed to closing arguments.
In his closing argument, lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) called Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney as a “hero” for voting to impeach Trump and “resisting” a “retaliatory cancel culture that she was subjected to” when the Republican caucus voted on whether to keep her in a leadership role. She was ultimately not stripped of her position as conference chair.
Trump’s counsel objected to a new video used in Pennsylvania Rep. Madeleine Dean’s closing argument.
“This is crooked,” one of Trump’s lawyers said.
Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is presiding over the trial as the Senate pro tempore, ruled the evidence would be “stricken” from the record.
“New evidence is not permitted in closing argument. References to such new evidence will be stricken,” he said.
“The statement was in evidence, the slide was not, so we will withdraw the slide.”
Trump’s defense team is not making their closing argument.
“Hopefully we can all leave this chamber in uniform agreement that all rioting, all rioting, is bad and that law enforcement deserves our respect and support,” Van der Veen said after mentioning the rioting that occurred after the death of George Floyd. “That has been Mr. Trump’s position from the very beginning.”
Van der Veen said the House managers made up a “legal standard” in the case that he called the “Raskin doctrine.”
“Any speech made by Democrat elected officials is protected speech while any speech made by Republican elected officials is not protected,” he said. “This impeachment has been a complete charade from beginning to end.”
He argued that the Democrats have had an “obsessive desire” to impeach Trump since he took office in 2017.
Raskin said he embraces the Raskin doctrine.
“If that is the Raskin doctrine that a president of the United States cannot incite violent insurrection against the union and the Congress then I embrace it and I take it as an honor. Most law professors never even get a doctor named after them so I will accept that,” he said.
Before closing arguments began, senators voted 55-45 to call witnesses.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voted with Democrats to subpoena witnesses and documents.
“This is a political theater, and I think the House managers were feeling heat on their left flank,” Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said. “At this point, nobody knows what’s going to happen.”
Watch it here:
BREAKING: Senate acquits former President Trump in his second impeachment trial by a 57-43 vote.
Republican Senators Burr, Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse and Toomey joined all Democrats in voting pic.twitter.com/yNpXSR2Gtl
— CONNIE’S CORNER (@CRRJA5) February 13, 2021