"Back in June, Speaker Pelosi promised the House would build an ironclad case. Never mind that she was basically promising impeachment months, months before the Ukraine events, but that’s a separate matter. She promised an ironclad case. And in March, Speaker Pelosi said this: 'Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there is something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path because it divides the country,' end quote," McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor."
Today, (the day after the President's State of the Union Address) the US Senate voted on the Articles of Impeachment.
The votes have been cast:
Article 1 (Abuse of Power):
Roll Call Vote: 52 - 48 Not Guilty
Article 2 (Obstruction of Congress):
Roll Call Vote: 53 - 47 Not Guilty
A question of motive:
Mitt Romney (Liberal Republican)
Mitt Romney was the lone Republican Senator to vote the President "guilty". He claims that his vote was based on a matter of principle. He claims he has rarely been able to sleep past 4:AM over this issue. Who believes that? There is no question that Romney has been a devout adversary of the President. Senator Romney with today's vote had an opportunity to deny the President the desired shutout by Senate Republicans that would have given the President the complete vindication he deserves and he took it. Romney may think he's taking a shot at Trump, but it is moderate Republicans in tough races he may have hurt. Hate is a human failing. Mr Romney had a distinguished career. He brought the state of MA back to a balanced budget and established a health care system that actually worked. It is a sad ending for the man who could have been president.
The self destructive:
Doug Jones (Alabama Senator)
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, the most endangered Democrat in this November's elections, just voted to convict President Donald Trump. The only reason Jones has the seat he has is because of the tactics of the Washington Post in making the election about the integrity of the people of Alabama. They got away with it and Jones got his one term. After today's vote Jones is as dead as a door nail.
Thus ends the so called "impeachment" trial of Donald Trump