In a development that surprised nobody, the impeachment trial of Donald Trump came to a conclusion with all but one of the Republican senators voting to find the case against him unproven.
By 52 per cent to 48 per cent, the President has officially been declared not guilty of the charges of Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress.
The fact that the same republicans who acquitted him had prevented witnesses from appearing at the trial and the President is on record talking about trying to get the President of Ukraine to find dirt on an opponent’s family shouldn’t colour anyone’s judgement of the fairness of the verdict.
The Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, had this to say.
The President will boast that he has been acquitted. There can be no acquittal without a trial, and no trial without witnesses, documents and evidence.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 5, 2020
A view no doubt shared by Senator Kamala Harris.
We’ve just witnessed a miscarriage of justice on the floor of the United States Senate.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) February 5, 2020
Inevitably, Trump took to Twitter.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2020
It seemed he might have forgotten something.
Uh… 22nd Amendment. https://t.co/tNOMysNW04
— Alistair Coleman (@alistaircoleman) February 5, 2020
Naturally, Twitter had a lot to say about the verdict, and these responses put it best.
BREAKING: Republican-majority Senate finds President Trump not guilty of that thing he expressly said he did #ImpeachmentDay
— NotTodayPod (@NotTodayPod) February 5, 2020
Congratulations to the 52 senators who voted not guilty. You just told a racist child-caging warmongering psychopath with poor impulse control that there are zero consequences for his actions.
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) February 5, 2020
you know else was found not guilty? OJ Simpson
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) February 5, 2020
#Trump’s learned nothing from the experience of being impeached. He will continue his criminal ways & then double down, knowing he’s gotten away with it once again. He will be like Robert Mugabwe, dictator of Zimbabwe, who lasted 40 YEARS, dying at 95, with his nation in ruins.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 6, 2020
the Hamburglar was found Not Guilty at the trial about “Who Stole The Hamburgers?”
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) February 5, 2020
The Senate voted me NOT GUILTY! Yay! Thanks to my Republacan Senators (except Senator Romney) for helping ME cover up MY crimes! Best trial ever! No witnesses allowed! No facts allowed! Best cover-up EVER!!
— Donald J. Trump ᵖᵃʳᵒᵈʸ (@realDonaldTrFan) February 5, 2020
BREAKING: Members of Medellín Cartel find Pablo Escobar not guilty of “doing drug stuff”.
— Pundamentalism (@Pundamentalism) February 5, 2020
Writer and director, Adam Mckay, had a question about the repercussions of the “trial” and verdict.
Actual question: So can Dems now negotiate with Russia or China for dirt on Trump in exchange for future financial aid or trade concessions?
Is that now legal? Is it just “poor form?”
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) February 6, 2020
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