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Senate votes to acquit Trump at impeachment trial

by Tim Lamer
Posted 2/13/21, 05:19 pm

Seven Senate Republicans joined every Senate Democrat to vote against former President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial on Saturday—not nearly enough to reach the two-thirds threshold of senators needed to convict Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The vote was 57-43. A conviction would have required 67 votes.

What were the Republicans’ arguments? Republican senators gave different reasons to acquit in the days leading up to the vote. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said Trump had called for a “peaceful” protest prior to the riot and was “simply not guilty.” Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said new evidence that the rioters had long planned to storm the Capitol hurt the case against Trump. Other Republicans believed the Senate lacked jurisdiction to convict a private citizen who was no longer president.

Dig deeper: Read Jamie Dean’s report breaking down what happened during the Jan. 6 riot.

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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Sun, 02/14/2021 05:13 am

    It is curious that just the reasons for acquittal are reported. Of course they should be. Equally, if not more importantly, one might wonder why and how the Senate could have the trial in the first place. One take home, of many, for me is that no outsider will probably ever run for President of the United States again.

    There are many ways one can look at Former President Trump but I keep coming back to his relentless push to advance America's interests in the world and our needs at home. And all of this with overwhelming grassroot support! Being the first President in memory to actually push for ways to implement the Republican platform and ideals, not just campaign rhetoric, did not sit well with the Establishment. Unfortunately his public persona and acerbic Tweets did not serve his, nor our, purpose well. But it may be that we needed, or at least got, the whole package.

    The relentless visceral hatred from the opposition party, and within his own, is illustrative of where we are as a nation. He is not the first President to evoke these emotions, and backlash, nor the first governmental official. Case in point Alexander Hamilton. Does anyone read or listen to history anymore?

    The 4th paragraph of his post acquittal statement stands unanswered and unanswerable. 

    Posted: Sun, 02/14/2021 06:38 pm

    Regarding the “4th paragraph” – Here’s President Trump’s statement (I highlighted the fourth paragraph): 

    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.

    Posted: Mon, 02/15/2021 08:36 am

    "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."

    He lied for months about the election results. He got 75 million votes, but he lost, largely due to his own poor judgment at the first debate and throughout the coronavirus crisis. I defer to Minority Leader McConnell, who actually, inexplicably voted to acquit:

    "The leader of the free world cannot spend weeks thundering that shadowy forces are stealing our country and then feign surprise when people believe him and do reckless things.

    "Sadly, many politicians sometimes make overheated comments or use metaphors that unhinged listeners might take literally.

    "This was different.

    "This was an intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories, orchestrated by an outgoing president who seemed determined to either overturn the voters' decision or else torch our institutions on the way out.

    "The unconscionable behavior did not end when the violence began.

    "Whatever our ex-President claims he thought might happen that day... whatever reaction he says he meant to produce... by that afternoon, he was watching the same live television as the rest of the world.

    "A mob was assaulting the Capitol in his name. These criminals were carrying his banners, hanging his flags, and screaming their loyalty to him.

    "It was obvious that only President Trump could end this.

    "Former aides publicly begged him to do so. Loyal allies frantically called the Administration.

    "But the President did not act swiftly. He did not do his job. He didn't take steps so federal law could be faithfully executed, and order restored.

    "Instead, according to public reports, he watched television happily as the chaos unfolded. He kept pressing his scheme to overturn the election!

    "Even after it was clear to any reasonable observer that Vice President Pence was in danger... even as the mob carrying Trump banners was beating cops and breaching perimeters... the President sent a further tweet attacking his Vice President.

    "Predictably and foreseeably under the circumstances, members of the mob seemed to interpret this as further inspiration to lawlessness and violence.

    "Later, even when the President did halfheartedly begin calling for peace, he did not call right away for the riot to end. He did not tell the mob to depart until even later.

    "And even then, with police officers bleeding and broken glass covering Capitol floors, he kept repeating election lies and praising the criminals.

    "In recent weeks, our ex-President's associates have tried to use the 74 million Americans who voted to re-elect him as a kind of human shield against criticism.

    "Anyone who decries his awful behavior is accused of insulting millions of voters.

    "That is an absurd deflection.

    "74 million Americans did not invade the Capitol. Several hundred rioters did.

    "And 74 million Americans did not engineer the campaign of disinformation and rage that provoked it.

    "One person did."

    Defend that.

    Posted: Mon, 02/15/2021 12:25 pm


    Good response. Thank you.

    Posted: Mon, 02/15/2021 10:03 am

    Ben Sasse:

    “First, President Trump lied that he ‘won the election by a landslide.’ He lied about widespread voter fraud, spreading conspiracy theories despite losing 60 straight court challenges, many of his losses handed down by great judges he nominated. He tried to intimidate the Georgia secretary of state to ‘find votes’ and overturn that state’s election. He publicly and falsely declared that Vice President Pence could break his constitutional oath and simply declare a different outcome. The president repeated these lies when summoning his crowd — parts of which were widely known to be violent — to Capitol Hill to intimidate Vice President Pence and Congress into not fulfilling our constitutional duties. Those lies had consequences, endangering the life of the vice president and bringing us dangerously close to a bloody constitutional crisis. Each of these actions are violations of a president’s oath of office."

    Posted: Mon, 02/15/2021 12:27 pm

    The Dems were SO AFRAID that they went right back inside to vote against Trump. 

    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 09:33 am

    A capitol police officer lost his eye. They had gallows set up outside. Congresspeople were afraid, and if the impeachment trial had been held that night (as it probably should have been), I doubt Trump would have been acquitted.

    Posted: Mon, 02/15/2021 12:25 pm

    That is what is WRONG with the Rep. party. ANYONE can be a Rep. 

    If you sign up to be a Dem., Dems have to approve. You MUST VOTE AS ONE. If you are a Rep. and don't vote with them, there is something wrong with you. RINOs continually vote with Dems. Will Dems reciprocate? No! And Dems WILL hold it against you when you run for office again.

    Even the first Bush crossed over the line with Dems and paid dearly for re-election. Bush 2 was friends with Dems. Yet they were going to impeach him. They fought against both of his Pres. wins. Bush 2 was definitely a RINO. Bush 2 gave Dems all they wanted and to this day they are still against him and anyone who is seen with him. (case in point, Ellen Degeneres) 

    People like Romney think Dems are his friends. Never will be. Dems are users. They call people names. Twitter is ok with the bullying of conservatives. Was Hillary the first to give names to conservatives? Deplorables? Whoever did not want to vote for her? I don't think Hillary likes people in general. We are all beneath her. And yet she is still on the internet belittling people on her show. 

    Did not vote for Reagan either. His wife was pro-abortion (so was Bush 2's wife) and she consulted mediums. 

    At least Trump cared about people. I may not see that again in my lifetime.

    When they finally take Biden's leash off, he will be sniffing and touching women and young girls again. Sorry to say we got what we deserved. 


    Posted: Mon, 02/15/2021 01:14 pm

    Trump cared about people who were loyal to him. Loyalty to the Constitution or the country meant nothing, as evidenced by the fact he was willing to endanger Mike Pence instead of recanting his election lie.

    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 04:38 pm

    It was ok for Raskin to object to the electoral count of Florida in the 2016 election of President Donald Trump. But it wasn’t ok for Trump to question, and any Republican who objected to the electoral count in 2020 is now a “seditionist” according to Democrats. Does that make Raskin a seditionist too?

    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 08:40 am

    Of course it wasn't okay to object. Two wrongs, as the old saying go, does not make a right.

    To be honest, until the whataboutism started, I didn't realize Raskin had objected, though. I'm pretty sure he didn't summon a mob to Washington.

    But if you're trying to overturn a legitimate election because you lost, you're wrong. Trump is wrong, Raskin was wrong. That was really easy for me to say. I wish it would be as easy for Trump's supporters to say.

    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 04:56 pm

    Why not call impeachment witnesses? -

    Raskin: "witnesses that were not friendly to the prosecution were not going to comply voluntarily, which meant that we were going to be litigating subpoenas for months and potentially years"

    I'd like to hear what those witnesses had to say. There are WAY TOO MANY unanswered questions. Capitol police had answers that we will never hear. Twitter and Yahoo are censuring anyone who doesn't agree with them. 


    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 08:40 am

    I agree with you 100%. That's why I support the commission, and I think they should have held the trial immediately after the event, before Trump left office.