Trump acquitted again of impeachment charges

By Dan McCaleb | The Center Square

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday was acquitted of an impeachment charge that he incited the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol in Washington D.C. It is the second time in a year the U.S. Senate determined Trump was not guilty of impeachment charges brought by the Democratic-controlled House.

A majority of senators voted to convict Trump in the 57-43 vote, but that fell short of the two-thirds majority of 67 votes needed to convict the former president. Seven Republican senators joined all 50 Democrats in their vote to convict.

Shortly after the vote, Trumped thanked his legal team and Republican senators who stood by him, and called the impeachment political.

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Though former president Donald Trump was no longer in office, a conviction would have meant he could not run again. His acquittal leaves the door open for a potential run in 2024.

“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,” Trump said in a statement. “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.”

The House’s move to impeach for a second time came after Trump spoke to supporters Jan. 6 outside the White House as the House and Senate met in joint session in the Capitol to certify each state’s Electoral College votes declaring President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the Nov. 3 election.

Trump told the crowd he would not concede and that he knew “everyone would be making their way over to the Capitol to protest peacefully and patriotically” and they should “give our Republicans the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back this country.”

Thousands of people later descended on the Capitol and hundreds breached the doors, entering the building and sending lawmakers into hiding. Democrats said Trump’s words “incited an insurrection.”

The single article of impeachment against the former president, with 190 co-sponsors in the U.S. House, read in part: “In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”

Trump is the first president ever to be impeached twice and the first to beat the charges twice.

GOP Sens. 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 joined with Democrats in voting guilty.

Cassidy said he joined Democrats in voting to convict because he thought Trump was guilty.

“Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person,” Cassidy said. “I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty.”

In February 2020, Trump was acquitted of two impeachment counts brought by the House in connection to his dealings with Ukraine. The first article accused Trump of abusing his power for his own political gain by engaging in an alleged quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government to interfere in the 2020 election. The second count accused Trump of obstructing Congress in its efforts to investigate the alleged abuse. A majority of senators voted to acquit Trump on both of those counts.

Though Trump was no longer in office, a conviction would have meant Trump could not run again. His acquittal leaves the door open for a potential run in 2024.

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18 thoughts on “Trump acquitted again of impeachment charges

  1. Trump Impeachment Lawyers: No Incitement, No Insurrection
    By The Associated Press
    Published February 12, 2021 at 3:29pm
    “Donald Trump’s impeachment attorneys on Friday argued the former president bore no responsibility for the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.”
    https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-trump-impeachment-lawyers-no-incitement-no-insurrection/?ff_source=Twitter&ff_medium=PostTopSharingButtons&ff_campaign=websitesharingbuttons

  2. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick was used as a prop to bolster false story that he died of “blunt-force trauma” from an attack during the AntifsBLM riot attack in the capitol on Jan 6. Even set up to lie in state Capitol building during *another* Stalinist show-trial in which they had a*s handed once again by expert legal defense team.

    As usual the Democrats and stenograpers aka MSM attempted to inspire outrage by pushing the death of this unfortunate officer as caused by Donald Trump.

    Capitol Officer’s Family Asks Media to Not Politicize His Death as Evidence Begins to Point to an Underlying Medical Condition
    By Jack Davis
    Published January 10, 2021 at 11:13am
    https://www.westernjournal.com/capitol-officers-family-asks-media-not-politicize-death-evidence-begins-point-underlying-medical-condition/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=PostTopSharingButtons&utm_campaign=websitesharingbuttons

    “Officer Brian Sicknick died on January 7th, the day after the Capitol protests and immediately the media reported he died from injuries caused by blunt force to the head on January 6th. But it is unlikely this occurred since after a month of investigations, there is no evidence this happened.”

  3. Granite Grok story has been linked to multiple times – including several times in one thread.

    No need to derail thread on this important day for we the MAGA and Donald Trump supporters with off-topic ad nauseum agenda. The way to get stories up is to present offerings to TNR staffers or submit own commentary rather than pointing fingers demanding that others do the work.
    http://www.truenorthreports.com/about-us

    This is a major victory which will lead to Rs taking House and Senate in 2022 imho even handing FL US House seat to DJT!. This could also mean impeachment of JObama regime. Several Senate seats also up for grabs. Lara Trump is expected to oust Burr who should have been sh-canned for insider trading.

    Donald Trump could run for open House seat in FL and use it to continue MAGA message while launching 2024 campaign. Has a guaranteed income lol plus war chest to be used for primarying the R traitors to our nation to take on the Marxists Democrat Party.

  4. Senator Richard Burr – R- NC
    Here’s a guy who in the first vote in the senate as to whether impeachment was constitutional or not voted that the impeachment was unconstitutional. Then turned around and voted to convict Trump in an impeachment he said was unconstitutional. Think about this, he voted for conviction in a proceeding he himself deemed unconstitutional. How does that work ? These people are buffoons.

  5. Can we get some love and reporting for our neighbors in NH????

    They have a serious thing going on and Granite Grok is trying to expose the corruption, they btw, have the same voting machines as we do.

    Perhaps the VTGOP can shed some love their way.

    Check out what is going on at Granite Grok…..serious voter fraud!!!!!!!!

    We should interview OUR Governor and see what he thinks about this! We should interview our SOS and see what he says…

    Shed some sun on these dark winter days….

  6. The Dem/Progs are solidly united for SOCIALISTIC approaches, which involves big government command and control.

    The GOP needs to unite against SOCIALISTIC approaches, because it makes the US less competitive on the world stage.
    The USSR, China, Venezuela, Cuba, etc., suffered the “benefits” of SOCIALISM

    Having GOP Senators “eating” one of their own is unacceptable, especially if that person is Pro-America, and Pro-Business, and Pro-Border Defense, and Pro-US Worker, etc.

  7. “… President (_______) gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. …imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”

    Fill in the blank with the name of the current President with his executive actions on the pipeline, immigration, the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris Climate Accord, and other issues. They sound like impeachable offenses all around, don’t they?

    Then you have all the politicians Dems and Republicans alike, who wasted taxpayers’ money on a vendetta while our kids are lacking quality education, fuel prices are on the increase, thousands of energy workers out of work, etc., etc., etc. And now he wants to take away your right to defend yourself.

    Elections certainly do have consequences. Voters take note.

  8. Just remember who these RINO Senators are during the next election cycle.

    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.

    Their poor, self-serving judgment should not be rewarded.

    • Jay, your vindictiveness surely mirrors your titular fascist leader. I sure hope you are proud of the death of that poor policeman trying to do his duty and protect our Capitol after your leader had nothing to do with his death according to you. Be really really proud.

      • Gary, it’s understandable that you still think you’re getting “news” from our news sources, just as it’s understandable that you, like millions of others, believe all the lies told about Donald Trump. I’ve been there, and not too long ago. But the real truth is that we’re surrounded by lies. This is a hard truth to grasp because it’s so big and it’s implications are depressing.

        Take the case of Officer Sicknick, who supposedly died from blunt force trauma after getting hit with a fire extinguisher during the Capitol riot. Only, it didn’t happen. https://thenationalpulse.com/analysis/the-insurrection-lie-false-reports-january-6th/

        Meanwhile we turn a blind eye to the burning and looting and deaths that happened this summer, don’t we? That wasn’t an “insurrection,” that was just nice people protesting for justice, right?

      • Mr. Cassady, while the impeachment ended in acquittal, in it’s rush to judgment, we still don’t know who killed the Capitol police officer.

        “A CNN report from Feb. 2, however, reported that authorities were unable to identify when Sicknick suffered his fatal injuries, and did not find signs he had been struck by a fire extinguisher.”

        And, predictably, you mistake one’s democratic right to choose their representatives as they see fit with fascism… a common perversion promulgated by the Left.

        But you are correct in one regard; Trump was acquitted, and had no more to do with the Capitol police officer’s death than you or I had anything to do with the deaths of the dozens of people (including several police officers), injuries to thousands, and billions of dollars in damages that occurred during this summer’s BLM and Antifa riots.

        Of course, I readily admit that I am giving you the benefit of the doubt in that regard, a perspective you appear unable to fathom, and can only legitimately speak for myself.

      • Gary, your vindictiveness surely mirrors your titular communist leader, Bernie Sanders. I sure hope you are proud of the shooting of poor Congressman Scalise trying to play softball unarmed at our nation’s capitol. Be really, really proud.

      • Did you know that the Speaker of the House has control of the capitol police, and she is the one who failed to protect the capitol and the people in it. The police who guard the capitol are not part of the Executive branch, and the speaker had the information on the threat just as the DC police and Supreme Court police did. She failed to act. Funny how you people who don’t know how government actually works are making judgements without any facts.

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