The verdict follows a sham of proceedings in the Democrats-controlled House of Representatives, which may kill off their hopes of winning the November Presidential election.

By Ian Horswill

Posted on February 6, 2020

US President Donald Trump has been acquitted on two charges of impeachment bringing to a swift end only the third presidential trial in US history.

The not guilty verdict follows a sham of proceedings in the Democrats-controlled House of Representatives, which may kill any chance of the party winning the 2020 Presidential Election. With Trump realistically the Republicans’ only hope for retaining presidency, he was never going to be found guilty in the Republican-dominated Senate.

The deliberate action by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when she ripped up Trump’s State of the Union speech 24 hours earlier, perhaps reflects the pressure she and her party are now under within the Presidential Election in November.

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The White House issued the following statement after Trump’s acquittal.

“Today, the sham impeachment attempt concocted by Democrats ended in the full vindication and exoneration of President Donald J. Trump. As we have said all along, he is not guilty. The Senate voted to reject the baseless articles of impeachment, and only the President’s political opponents – all Democrats, and one failed Republican presidential candidate – voted for the manufactured impeachment articles.

“In what has now become a consistent tradition for Democrats, this was yet another witch-hunt that deprived the President of his due process rights and was based on a series of lies. Rep. Adam Schiff lied to Congress and the American people with a totally made up statement about the President’s phone call. Will there be no retribution? Speaker Nancy Pelosi also lied to the American people about the need to swiftly pass impeachment articles they dreamt up, only to sit on them for a month before sending over to the Senate. In the Senate, the Democrats continued to make their political motivations clear – Rep. Schiff proclaimed the issues “cannot be decided at the ballot box” – proving once again they think they know better than the voters of this country. This entire effort by the Democrats was aimed at overturning the results of the 2016 election and interfering with the 2020 election.

“Throughout this wholly corrupt process, President Trump successfully advanced the interests of the United States and remained focused on the issues that matter to Americans. He spent his time achieving real victories for the people of this country, and the Democrats – once again – have nothing to show for their fraudulent schemes. The President is pleased to put this latest chapter of shameful behavior by the Democrats in the past, and looks forward to continuing his work on behalf of the American people in 2020 and beyond.”

Republican Senator Steve Scalise told America’s Newsroom on Fox News that impeachment will be a “stain on the Democrat party (and) on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s speakership.

“They have no agenda,” he said. “They don’t care about the men and women of this country. They literally sat down last night when President Trump is talking about this young girl who is going to get an opportunity scholarship to go to the school of her choice instead of a failing government school. That’s where they are as a party.”

The US President has defended his actions and derided the Democrats, calling the impeachment hearings and trial a “witch hunt”, “hoax” and “sham”. He pointedly said the Democrats had been hellbent on getting him out from the start of his presidency.

The verdicts were delivered swiftly as if the results were a foregone conclusion — 52-48 favoring acquittal of abuse of power and 53-47 acquittal of obstruction of Congress’ investigation. A two-thirds guilty verdict was needed to reach the Constitution’s bar of high crimes and misdemeanors to convict and remove Trump from office.

The US President was quick to celebrate.