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Trump celebrates acquittal

by Harvest Prude & Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/06/20, 01:32 pm

UPDATE: In a speech on Thursday, President Donald Trump celebrated his Senate acquittal by thanking his attorneys and members of Congress who supported him: “Today is the day we celebrate these great warriors.” Trump called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, both California Democrats who spearheaded the impeachment effort, and former FBI Director James Comey “vicious and mean.” He also accused former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden of corruption for the lucrative job the younger Biden landed with a Ukrainian natural gas company.

OUR EARLIER REPORT (02/05/20, 5:43 p.m.): WASHINGTON—By a mostly party-line vote, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected the Democrats’ attempt to impeach President Donald Trump, putting to rest the inquiry and trial that has dogged his administration the past few months. The number of guilty votes on both articles of impeachment fell far below the 67-vote threshold for removal from office. Forty-eight senators voted to convict the president of the charge in the first article, abuse of power. The second article, obstruction of Congress, garnered only 47 votes.

Were there any surprises? Only Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, bucked his party and cast a vote to remove Trump from office on the first article. He said House Democrats did not have a legitimate case to argue Trump obstructed Congress because they had not fought to secure testimony through the courts. Three moderate Democrats, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Doug Jones of Alabama, all announced shortly before the vote they would vote with their party.

The Trump campaign said the acquittal means Trump is “totally vindicated.” “This impeachment hoax will go down as the worst miscalculation in American political history,” said Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager.

Democrats might not be finished in their investigation into the president’s dealings with Ukraine. CNN reported Wednesday that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said he likely will subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton recently went public with allegations that Trump told him he wanted to withhold military aid to Ukraine until the country agreed to announce corruption investigations against Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden’s family.

Dig deeper: Read my article in The Stew on how House Democrats’ decision to impeach Trump could backfire politically.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/05/2020 06:15 pm

    You say this acquittal has put to rest this attempt to oust Mr. Trump. Haha!  If only that were so!

  • RK
    Posted: Wed, 02/05/2020 07:30 pm

    Charles Colson wrote about how the Nixon White House could manipulate Christian leaders concerned about power in the political world. All I ask is caution in our witness, that we don't drive non-Chrisitans furher away by minimizing or excusing Donald Trump's evil thoughts, words and actions for the sake of political power, nor provide a stumbling block for weaker Christians but saying that we need to protect the Supreme Court and certain policies at the price of God's holiness. 

    I think one can criticize the Democrats' impeachment trial, call out Democratic and Republican transgressions versus the Father, fight for pro-Life positions and religious freedom without capitulating to evil. Whatever we do, we are always witnesses for God as believers. Please be careful everyone. It is one thing to say Donald Trump is a better choice for President than any other Republican or Democratic candidate, and to call out concerns about theology of Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and others, It is another thing to criticize evil in other politcians and letting Trump off the hook. Please don't make it appear as if Jesus would say it's okay to excuse misogynist, insulting, devisive, ignorant and mean actions just because he helps evangelical causes like abortion and the Supreme Court. We can praise him for what he does right, but criticize for what he does wrong. We should not let any of our actions hinder others from seeing Christ.

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Thu, 02/06/2020 05:31 am

    Good job RK! Jesus also taught his followers to love all sorts of people, not just their friends. As I listen to the Christian right, what I mostly hear is hatred. Very sad. And our president, showman that he is, knows how to play that hatred to his own power.

  • Theodore
    Posted: Wed, 02/05/2020 09:41 pm

    Glory to God alone should be our life's purpose.  Politicians don't save us.  God saves us!

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 02/06/2020 06:05 pm

    Agreed.  Our first priority should be the gospel and God's Kingdom.

  • FB
    Posted: Wed, 02/05/2020 11:24 pm

    Thank you for the simple presentation of the facts!

    Posted: Thu, 02/06/2020 04:02 pm

    And EVERYONE should believe what Bolton said because he's not a Dem. and he wrote a book.

    Why didn't the Dems call him in during their secret meetings? Maybe they did but Bolton's publisher wanted to get his book published first and the impeachment was a rush order.

    Posted: Thu, 02/06/2020 04:04 pm

    PELOSI needs to spend time cleaning up her area. Pointing her finger at Trump doesn't make her look good.

    At least Trump is TRYING to do a good job for the American people.

    Pelosi just continues to let us know who she represents and it's NOT AMERICANS.

    Posted: Thu, 02/06/2020 04:22 pm

    If they could just put ONE Dem behind bars, it would be a day for celebration. 

    Pelosi was all set to be the First Woman Pres. no matter how she got there. They were even ready to take the VP down because he knew about Trump holding out on the Ukraine. 

    The Ukraine should not have received any money. Has ANYONE investigated what the Ukraine is doing? They made peace with Putin and they fly in and out of Iran. Obama didn't give them any money when Russia and Ukraine were fighting over Crimea which Russia now occupies. It looks like Obama sided with Russia.

    I still say the whole Ukraine thing was a set up. Might be why we don't know who the whistleblower is. Congress allocates money to Ukraine right when Trump hears about Bidens illegal actions regarding the Ukraine. The whistleblower is probably the one who set Trump up. Trump isn't a lawyer like many people in DC so he would never have seen that coming. I do feel sorry for Trump because he has trusted a lot of people who were determined to take him down. 

    Bush and Trump had trouble firing people. The media were all over that. But when Clinton and Obama fired people, like the head of the FBI, nothing. 


  • DEBI
    Posted: Thu, 02/06/2020 08:22 pm

    The so-called whistleblower is Eric Ciaramella.

    Posted: Thu, 02/06/2020 04:31 pm

    What if Trump had run illegals guns thru Mexico?

    What if Trump had run guns thru Benghazi?

    What if Trump had used illegal listening at Dem headquarters?

    What if Trump had given BILLIONS to Iran without Pelosi's permission?

    Obama had bin Laden killed. A helpless old man and he was praised.

    Trump had a Terrorist killed while he was in Iraq planning attacks on Americans. He rec'd distain and the terrorist was praised.

    I don't particularly like Trump, but I hate abortion more.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/06/2020 05:51 pm

    Jesus said we must love our enemies. But He never hesitated to call some of his opponents a nest of vipers, whitewashed tombs, or the children of Satan. 

  • DEBI
    Posted: Thu, 02/06/2020 08:11 pm

    Thank you, OldMike !! 

  • not silent
    Posted: Sun, 02/09/2020 08:50 am

    Yes, Jesus had very harsh words for religious hypocrites. He said we must first take the plank out of our eye before offering to remove a speck from someone else's. This reminds me to look at myself first before criticizing others.