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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/05/2020 02:30 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/05/2020 02:39 PM
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Senate Votes to Acquit President Trump Largely Along Party Lines

Washington, DC...President Trump was Acquitted along party lines today. The only defection on either side was Senator Romney vote for impeachment on one of the articles. The following is from McConnell on End of Impeachment Trial before the votes: “The Senate Must Do What We Were Created To Do” U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate Impeachment Trial: ‘These past weeks, the Senate has grappled with as grave a subject as we ever consider: A request from a majority in the House of Representatives to remove the president.

‘The Framers took impeachment extremely seriously. But they harbored no illusions that these trials would always begin for the right reasons. Alexander Hamilton warned that “the demon of faction” would “extend his sceptre” over the House of Representatives “at certain seasons.” He warned that “an intemperate or designing majority in the House” might misuse impeachment as a weapon of ordinary politics rather than an emergency tool of last resort.

‘The Framers knew impeachments might begin with overheated passions and short-term factionalism. But they knew those things could not get the final say. So they placed the ultimate judgment not in the fractious lower chamber, but in the sober and stable Senate.

‘They wanted impeachment trials to be fair to both sides. They wanted them to be timely, avoiding the “procrastinated determination of the charges.” They wanted us to take a deep breath and decide which outcome would reflect the facts, protect our institutions, and advance the common good.

‘They called the Senate, quote, “the most fit depositary of this important trust.” Tomorrow, we will know whether that trust was well placed.

‘The drive to impeach President Trump did not begin with the allegations before us.

‘Here was reporting in April of 2016: “Donald Trump isn’t even the Republican nominee yet… [but] ‘Impeachment’ is already on the lips of pundits, newspaper editorials, constitutional scholars, and even a few members of Congress.”

‘Here was the Washington Post headline minutes after President Trump’s inauguration: “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”

‘The articles of impeachment before us were not even the first ones House Democrats introduced. This was go-around number seven. Those previously-alleged “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” included things like being impolite to the press and to professional athletes.

‘It insults the intelligence of the American people to pretend this was a solemn process reluctantly begun because of withheld foreign aid. No, Washington Democrats’ position on this President has been clear for years.

‘Their position was obvious when they openly rooted for the Mueller investigation to tear our country apart and were disappointed when the facts proved otherwise. It was obvious when they sought to impeach this President over and over.

Here’s their real position: Washington Democrats think President Donald Trump committed a “High Crime or Misdemeanor” the moment he defeated Secretary Clinton in the 2016 election.

‘That is the original sin of this presidency: That he won and they lost.

‘Ever since, the nation has suffered through a grinding campaign against our norms and institutions from the same people who keep shouting that our norms and institutions need defending.

‘A campaign to degrade our democracy and delegitimize our elections from the same people who shout that confidence in our democracy must be paramount.

‘We have watched a major American political party adopt the following absurd proposition: We think this president is a bull in a china shop, so we’re going to drive a bulldozer through the china shop to get rid of him.

‘This fever led to the most rushed, least fair, and least thorough presidential impeachment inquiry in American history.

‘The House inquiry into President Nixon spanned many months. The special prosecutors’ investigation added many more months. With President Clinton, the independent counsel worked for years.

‘It takes time to find facts. It takes time to litigate executive privilege, which happened in both those investigations. Litigating privilege questions is a normal step that investigators of both parties understood was their responsibility.

‘But this time — no lengthy investigation. No serious inquiry. The House abandoned its own subpoenas. They had an arbitrary political deadline to meet. They had to impeach by Christmas.

‘So in December, House Democrats realized the Framers’ nightmare. A purely partisan majority approved two articles of impeachment over bipartisan opposition. And after the Speaker of the House delayed for a month in a futile effort to dictate Senate process to Senators, the articles finally arrived here in the Senate.

‘Over the course of this trial, Senators have heard sworn video testimony from 13 witnesses over 193 video clips. We have entered more than 28,000 pages of documents into evidence, including 17 depositions. Members asked 180 questions.

‘In contrast to the House proceedings, our trial gave both sides a fair platform. Our process tracked with the structure that Senators adopted for the Clinton trial 20 years ago.

‘Just as Democrats such as the current Democratic Leader and then-Senator Joseph Biden argued at length in 1999, we recognized that Senate traditions impose no obligation to hear new live witness testimony if it is not necessary to decide the case. The House Managers themselves said over and over that additional testimony was not necessary to prove their case. They claimed dozens of times that their existing case was “overwhelming” and “incontrovertible.” That was the House Mangers saying their evidence was overwhelming and incontrovertible at the same time they were arguing for more witnesses.

‘But in reality, both of the House’s accusations are constitutionally incoherent.

‘The “obstruction of Congress” charge is absurd and dangerous. House Democrats argued that any time the Speaker invokes the House’s “sole power of impeachment,” the President must do whatever the House demands, no questions asked. Invoking executive-branch privileges and immunities in response to House subpoenas becomes an impeachable offense itself.

‘Here’s how Chairman Schiff put it back in October. Quote: “Any action… that forces us to litigate, or have to consider litigation, will be considered further evidence of obstruction of justice.”

‘That is nonsense. “Impeachment” is not some magical constitutional trump card that melts away the separations between the branches of government. The Framers did not leave the House a secret constitutional steamroller that everyone somehow overlooked for 230 years.

‘When Congress subpoenas executive-branch officials with questions of privilege, the two sides either reach an accommodation or take to the courts.

‘That is the way this works.

‘Can you imagine if the shoe were on the other foot? How would Democrats and the press have responded if House Republicans had told President Obama, We don’t want to litigate our subpoenas over Fast and Furious, so if you make us set foot in court, we’ll just impeach you?

‘Of course, that’s not what happened. The Republican House litigated its subpoenas for years until they prevailed.

‘So much for “obstruction of Congress.”

‘And the “abuse of power” charge is just as unpersuasive and dangerous.

‘By passing that article, House Democrats gave into a temptation that every previous House has resisted. They impeached a president without even alleging a crime known to our laws.

‘I do not subscribe to the legal theory that impeachment requires a violation of a criminal statute. But there are powerful reasons why, for 230 years, every presidential impeachment did allege a criminal violation.

‘The Framers explicitly rejected impeachment for “maladministration” — a general charge under English law that basically encompassed bad management; a sort of general vote of no confidence. Except in the most extreme circumstances, except for acts that overwhelmingly shocked the national conscience, the Framers decided presidents must serve at the pleasure of the electorate and not the pleasure of House majorities.

‘As Hamilton wrote, “it is one thing to be subordinate to the laws, and another to be dependent on the legislative body.”

‘So House Democrats sailed into new and dangerous waters. The first impeachment unbound by the criminal law. Any House that felt it needed to take this radical step owed the country the most fair and painstaking process; the most rigorous investigation; the most bipartisan effort. Instead, we got the opposite. The exact opposite.

‘The House Managers argued that the President could not have been acting in the national interest because he acted inconsistently with their own conception of the national interest, a conception shared by some of the President’s subordinates.

‘This does not even approach a case for the first presidential removal in American history.

‘Such an act cannot rest alone on the exercise of a constitutional power, combined with concerns about whether the President’s motivations were public or personal, and a disagreement over whether the exercise of the power was in the national interests.

‘The Framers gave our nation an ultimate tool for evaluating a President’s character and policy decisions. They’re called elections.

‘If Washington Democrats have a case to make against the President’s re-election, they should go out and make it. Let them try to do what they failed to do three years ago and sell the American people on their vision for the country.

‘I can certainly see why, given President Trump’s remarkable achievements over the past three years, Democrats might feel uneasy about defeating him at the ballot box. But they don’t get to rip the choice away from the voters just because they’re afraid they might lose again.

They don’t get to strike President Trump’s name from the ballot just because, as one House Democrat put it, “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach [him], he will get re-elected.”

‘The impeachment power exists for a reason. It is no nullity. But invoking it on a partisan whim to settle three-year-old political scores does not honor the Framers’ design. It insults the Framers’ design.

‘Frankly, it is hard to believe that House Democrats ever really thought this reckless and precedent-breaking process would yield 67 votes to cross the Rubicon.

‘Was their vision so clouded by partisanship that they really believed this would be anywhere near enough for the first presidential removal in American history?

‘Or was success beside the point? Was this all an effort to hijack our institutions for a months-long political rally?

‘Either way — “the demon of faction” has been on full display. But now it is time for him to exit the stage.

‘We have indeed witnessed an abuse of power: A grave abuse of power by just the kind of House majority the Framers warned us about.

‘So tomorrow, the Senate must do what we were created to do. We have done our duty. We have considered all arguments. We have studied the “mountain of evidence.” And tomorrow, we will vote.

‘We must vote to reject the House’s abuse of power. Vote to protect our institutions.

‘Vote to reject new precedents that would reduce the Framers’ design to rubble.

‘Vote to keep factional fever from boiling over and scorching our Republic.

‘I urge every one of our colleagues to cast the vote that the facts in evidence, the Constitution, and the common good clearly require.

‘Vote to acquit the President of these charges.’

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-05 14:41:14   By: Anonymous
This decision wasn’t decided on guilt or innocence. It was about voting along party lines. Democracy keeps slowly dying. We desperately need 3rd parties to keep things legit.

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    Posted on: 2020-02-05 14:48:33   By: Anonymous
    This was not a trial.

    The senate failed in it's responsibility to conduct a fair and impartial trial.

    They succeeded in covering up for Trump. In doing so, all 53 GOP senators have themselves become criminal co-conspirators in the extortion/bribery of Ukraine, and interference in the upcoming election.

    Totally disgusting, nothing more than traitors, every last one of them.

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      Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:31:20   By: Anonymous
        Edited By: thepinetree
      On: 2020-02-07 07:51:06

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        Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:37:56   By: Anonymous

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          Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:52:46   By: Anonymous
          ''HAHAHAHAHAHHAHHA LYIN CHEATIN' TRUMPTARD HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA''? ... I'm glad you're so happy ''Trumptard'' was acquitted, most intelligent people already knew this verdict.
          Except those career politicians who think they know everything. They look in the mirror and think the people believ them? Well the easy manipulated ones Joe Biden. Schiff, Nancy, Nadler and the likes, get together and say, ''Hey, we need to talk Biden into running. Being VP under Obama will make people vote for him. Then we can tell him what to do, and become even richer off the hollowed headed idiot. hehehe

          I don't know about you, but I'd love to see Nancy right about now, giant bags under her eyes, into her cups, stinking drunk, crying.
          Well as the guy above says HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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            Posted on: 2020-02-05 16:14:05   By: Anonymous
            Demtards tried
            And tried
            And tried
            And tried
            Oh ya
            And tried again to dig up wrong doings!!
            Not there Demtards
            Hahahaha hahahaha

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            Posted on: 2020-02-05 16:20:11   By: Anonymous

            I just took a huge fat stinking Hillary anyone out there got a I believe Dr. Ford shirt I can wipe my ass with??

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              Posted on: 2020-02-05 21:32:48   By: Anonymous
              I hope donald joins rush and suffers a long, slow, painful death. actually donald could go ahead and die quickly. maybe from a gunshot at long range.

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            Posted on: 2020-02-06 07:54:57   By: Anonymous

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          Posted on: 2020-02-05 16:17:43   By: Anonymous


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      Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:38:24   By: Anonymous
      No, the democrats failed in their responsibilities since before Trump was even elected.
      All the democrats have done has been trying to get rid of a man they were afraid of.
      And every single time, they have failed and they have failed to do their elected jobs.
      Well now what's going to happen? Well the people have shown the democrats what they think about
      the corrupted man they wanted in, dementia Joe, the easily manipulated one lost out.
      What's worse you say? The democrats handed Trump the 2020 Presidency, that's what worse.
      How do I know that? Because I'm a democrat, my whole life since the first day I've voted,
      I've voted as a democrat. Not this year, will I vote for Trump? Possibly, it's that or not vote at all,
      but look at the economy, that's what the voters want the most, that and to feel safe at home
      to feel safe in our own country, and the democrats are failing there too.
      I just talked myself into it, yes, I'm voting for Trump.

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        Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:54:45   By: Anonymous

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      Posted on: 2020-02-05 19:27:10   By: Anonymous
      "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. . . "

      Please explain how he committed one of these?

      You can't impeach because you don't like him.

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        Posted on: 2020-02-05 19:27:44   By: Anonymous
        And please include the associated penal code. . .

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      Posted on: 2020-02-06 09:50:18   By: Anonymous

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        Posted on: 2020-02-06 21:42:14   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2020-02-05 14:46:00   By: Anonymous
He will always be an Impeached President! And now we'll see him - and McConnell - prancing and chest thumping like we have not seen before!!! They have clearly proven to the world that the fundamentals of the United States government can indeed be destroyed, due to greed, quite successfully and our country can be run by an autocrat who is praised by his kind. We never really knew this before, unfortunately, we do now - school US History books and teacher lessons need to be rewritten to reflect this sad, horrible truth - a President of the United States is completely above the law. A lesson to all who vote, to be very careful who we vote for from now on - President AS WELL AS U.S. Senators who have displayed total disdain for our Constitutional procedures. DISGRACEFUL AND EMBARRASSING!!

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Posted on: 2020-02-05 14:47:34   By: Anonymous
Hooray for Mitt Romney - even though I am a Democrat, I applaud his having the "guts" to put our country first rather than his own personal agenda as all the other republicans did - the others should all be removed from their Senate positions - they have broken their oath of office and are a disgrace to America.

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    Posted on: 2020-02-05 14:56:18   By: Anonymous
    Mitt the only one with a set of balls

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:20:59   By: Anonymous
Amusing to listen to so many Trump supporters proclaiming his innocence which an acquittal, assuredly, is not.

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    Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:27:48   By: Anonymous
    He is as innocent as Charles Manson

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    Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:30:04   By: Anonymous
    What about Biden and his son's ill-gotten fortune??? What about many in politics at that level and their ill-gotten fortunes. Way too much corruption in our high level government.

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      Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:32:01   By: Anonymous
      Trump had his fortunes prior to becoming president. Democrat voters have to really ask themselves how much better off they were after 8 years of Obama? Maybe some more free stuff but were they really better off, hell no.

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        Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:33:30   By: Anonymous
        The low-life's in the country continue to go in a down hill direction but you promise them free stuff and they will vote for you. Go out and earn something for yourself for crying out loud!

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          Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:34:33   By: Anonymous
          No more free *bleep* and build that damn wall!

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            No Subject
            Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:45:18   By: Anonymous
            The Senate will no longer be accepting checks...or balances.

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              Republican Traitors
              Posted on: 2020-02-05 15:51:59   By: Anonymous
              The Republicans are unable to place our Constitution , laws and Republic above their party, which is only about $ and power to cheat the 99% out of more$.
              It is a shame to any American who says they love America to condone what the Republican party has become.
              Shame on you traitor Republicans.

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                Re: Republican Traitors
                Posted on: 2020-02-05 16:15:08   By: Anonymous

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                  Re: Republican Traitors
                  Posted on: 2020-02-05 16:26:33   By: Anonymous
                  $103,000,000.00 IN GOLF. WINNING. Put me down for a 3 (on a par 4)

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                Re: Republican Traitors
                Posted on: 2020-02-05 16:16:49   By: Anonymous
                And the way the Demtards played wasn’t very constitutional
                Demtard hypocrites

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    Posted on: 2020-02-05 16:07:28   By: Anonymous
    ''Amusing to listen to so many Trump supporters proclaiming his innocence which an acquittal, assuredly, is not.'' ass-ur
    ANYWAYS, Listening to so many democrat traitors believing their puppet masters, who have tried to get rid of Trump even before he was elected. How many times is this now? And you keep believing everything they tell you to believe.~ How Amusing...and sad that you and so many like you can be manipulated so easily time after times after time after time (I think I owe you at LEAST two more of those repeated words)
    Maybe you should stop believing in everything Nancy, Schiff, Nadler...oh hell, just stop listening dummy.
    Jeez, you 73 Percentile are something else. Maybe next time you're in prison, get an education instead of just having sex with your cellmates.

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      Posted on: 2020-02-06 09:54:55   By: Anonymous
      The definition of insanity - "Doing the same thing........,"

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    Posted on: 2020-02-05 16:12:14   By: Anonymous
    What does that mean '' proclaiming his innocence ''which'' an acquittal'' Have another drink

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Clinton lied to GOD, America, and the American people
Posted on: 2020-02-05 16:47:48   By: Anonymous
Clinton did all of that above and he SEXUALLY ASSAULTED WOMEN, AND HE RAPED WOMEN.
President Trump's crime was he won the 2016 election, and even before that the democrats were trying to get rid of the MAN they FEARED.
Not one word ever came out when Biden joked to the media about withholding aid to Ukraine if they didn't fire the prosecutor. But look how many voters know Joe is guilty. He went from the ''polls'' from number 1, to finishing 4th...HELLO? GUILTY AS SIN.
Family values Democrats say...look at the pig Trump.
Family values democrats, look at dementia Joe, breaking the laws for his crackhead son, kicked out of the service. Tries to bed his DEAD BROTHERS WIFE, fails, gets a stripper pregnant, refuses to pay his sons healthcare, his child support and now is trying to hide it all in court so the public won't see if for dad. So what Hunter, Dad could get you another job using dad's influence (against the law when he was VP)
Now the shoe is on the other foot, and so is the DOJ, Bill Barr believes in Trump. Bill Barr appointed a US Attorney who has prosecuted both Dems and Repubs. So this early Summer you democrats should feel good when charges are brought against some high ranking politicians, right? You'll want justice for corruption, right? I mean this is the DOJ we are talking about. Or are you afraid like those high ranking politicians are about...draining the swamp?
I bet Schiff is worried. I bet Pelosi is worried. I bet most democrats involved are worried. I can't wait to see democrats throwing each other under the bus.

Have a wonderful day and night.

celebrate, CELEBRATE!!! YIPPEE DOOOO!!!!

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    Sad Cult
    Posted on: 2020-02-05 16:50:46   By: Anonymous
    You tRumpers are a sad cult of idiocy just like tRump , figures.
    What a sorry bunch of cultists.
    Too bad there isn't a comet for you to hop on with your Nikes, just take your suicide pill , put your purple hoodie on and lay back with dreams of your dear leader.
    Jim Jones was a sex addict more like tRump, he had his cult drink the kool aid, you seem to drink up all the kool aid tRump feeds you.

    What a sorry bunch of treasonous cultists. Pitiful.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-05 20:45:28   By: Anonymous
Mitt Romney kept going to his belief in God, and his conscience! Let me tell you something Mitt, you might have the correct motives, but I know for a fact you really don't know who God is! Case in point: Joseph Smith, a kid never met in person with God and Christ, if you knew the scriptures, no one has seen God, but Christ himself,. Joseph Smith was and is a fraud and the rest of your beliefs, tho well intended don't reflect what Christ asked of us, to be born again, it has nothing to do with your work's which you brainwash your member's to believe, and all the other way-out stories about what happened in Meixico or south America! You , Mitt, know you we're more interested in going after Trump over Barry, and that in itself is a sad situation! You didn't like losing, and to see Trump be successful blew your mind! Being a nice guy, get's our country screwed, we need a leader, not a beautiful man who can't stand up for Conservative value's! Trump is by far flawed, but the other side is criminal, and I don't want my grandkid's living under any of their policies! Enough said! Mormon's that think Mitt Romney is good for America are grossly wrong, read the New Testament till you see what the truth is!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-05 21:44:11   By: Anonymous

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