Second Annual Presidential Impeachment Ends In Acquittal — Here’s The 411

Written by Wes Walker on February 14, 2021

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The 45th President has weathered yet another political storm. But can the same be said for the institutions that were leveraged for his destruction?

After 4 years of coordinated attempts by the media, big tech, and other Democrats to discredit and destroy him, Trump keeps finding a way to survive them and come out on top. The Second Annual impeachment process was no exception.

Just when it looked like we were in for a few more weeks of impeachment, the groundhog looked down and decided it did not see its’ shadow after all.

As ClashDaily reported around noon on Saturday, there had been a vote to proceed to a phase in which witnesses were heard. And then came those magic words which have the power to shut down all activity in the Senate — when someone mentions that they “suggest the absence of quorum’.

Shortly afterward, a deal was struck between Democrats and Republicans. One that brought the whole circus to a final conclusion. The result was a decision of 57-43, to convict. It fell short of the number needed for conviction.

PATRICK LEAHY: It is therefore ordered and adjudged that the said Donald John Trump – he is hereby acquitted of the charge in said article.

MARTIN: That is Senator Patrick Leahy, the president pro tem of the Senate, declaring Trump’s impeachment trial over. A majority of senators today voted to convict Trump – 57-43, including seven Republicans. But two-thirds, or 67 votes, was needed to convict. It was the second time Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial. —NPR

That’s the conclusion.

How did we get there? Since the Dem’s main goal was to smear the Republicans generally, and more specifically, to permanently damage Donald Trump they ‘compromised’ by using their majority to see that they entered a statement of unchallenged hear-say into the official record, absent any cross-examination or witnesses to refute the allegations.

Lead manager Jamie Raskin, a Democratic congressman, said he wanted to call a Republican lawmaker as a witness but eventually agreed with Trump’s defense lawyers just to have a statement of hers entered into evidence.

Trump’s lawyers had threatened in response to call witnesses of their own, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and others in a process that could have prolonged the trial for days if not weeks.

With the impasse resolved, the Senate began hearing closing arguments, evenly divided in time. –TimesOfIsrael

Knowing they would never get the votes needed to convict, and that this was the best they could hope for, they took their pyrrhic victory and ran with it.

Pelosi’s role in the failure of DC to have adequate security remains conveniently left off the record, and someone gets to enter a secondhand account of what the President may have said into the record as part of the testimony against him.

It’s a fitting conclusion to a process in which Democrats had complete control and precisely zero interest in due process.

And who were the seven Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment?

Voting to find Trump guilty were 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 Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania. –TimesOfIsrael

Remember what Trump said about how to handle weak-kneed pseudo-Republicans who put their own interests above those of the people who sent them to DC?

And if they don’t fight, we have to primary the hell out of the ones that don’t fight. You primary them. We’re going to. We’re going to let you know who they are. I can already tell you, frankly. — NPR

The RINOs just put themselves on record.

Most of the names on that list shouldn’t surprise anyone — all but one of them voted that this process was Constitutional.

The most interesting name on this list is North Carolina’s Richard Burr, who went on record with a vote that the whole impeachment process was NOT Constitutional. Yet he STILL voted to impeach Donald Trump in a process he himself had declared in a vote was unconstitutional. So much for that oath he took, eh?

This Presidential impeachment game is oh so captivating. How long will it be before the next one?

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