President Trump Acquitted Again (Sekulow Recap)
The second impeachment trial of President Trump in the U.S. Senate has concluded, and just as we predicted, President Trump was acquitted . . . again.
Today on Sekulow, we discussed the end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. In a result that surprised no one, President Donald Trump was acquitted.
Yet again, Speaker Pelosi and the radical Left failed to convict President Trump for the second time in about a year. They tried to rush through an impeachment and saw their article of impeachment essentially disintegrate in front of them. Then, mid-trial, they tried shift to a dereliction of duty argument, which wasn’t really in the impeachment article to begin with. Of course, the constitutional issues that arose from trying a private citizen before the U.S. Senate should have been the bar on which this impeachment trial was decided.
The final vote was fifty-seven voting to convict, with forty-eight voting to acquit. All Democrats and seven Republicans voted to convict, including Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Some of those names that voted to convict President Trump were not surprising. Senators Sasse, Romney, Toomey, Collins, and Murkowski were not surprises. Senator Richard Burr was a surprise.
ACLJ Director of Government Affairs Thann Bennett gave his analysis of the final vote:
First of all, there were forty-three Republicans [who] voted pretty consistently throughout the trial, no to jurisdiction twice. They voted that way when Senator Rand Paul issued his Point of Order at the beginning of the trial. They voted that way again when it was brought up at the beginning of the opening statements. Then they voted not guilty at the end, some of them, because they didn’t think it had jurisdiction, others because they thought the merits were not there. The five senators you named: Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse, and Toomey, they all voted consistently for jurisdiction and also voted guilty.
The two Republican senators [who] I think maybe we need to explain a little bit are Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. Senator Cassidy voted once against jurisdiction, once for jurisdiction, and ultimately voted guilty. That’s going to be a difficult vote to explain. Senator Richard Burr, I don’t know how he’s going to go back to voters in North Carolina and tell them that he voted twice that the Senate does not have constitutional jurisdiction. He agreed with us. The Senate did not have jurisdiction. They took that vote twice and then voted guilty in the end for a total tally of fifty-seven to forty-three. I stress this, fifty-seven votes, that’s ten short of the sixty-seven needed for conviction.
That’s way short, especially when you know there’s a group of Senators who just don’t like President Trump to begin with. Now, President Trump has been impeached twice and acquitted twice.
The full broadcast is complete with much more discussion by our team of President Trump’s acquittal in the U.S. Senate.
Watch the full broadcast above.