Another historic moment made in U.S. history. The former U.S. President Donald J. Trump has been acquitted from the second impeachment trial.
The U.S. House of Representative voted on January 13, 2021, to impeach Trump and charge him for incitement of insurrection with a week left in his presidential term. Trump’s historic second impeachment trial begins Tuesday, February 9.
Lawyer David Schoen argued that former President Donald Trump “did not incite the horrific, terrible riots” that were carried out at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Trump impeachment lawyer David Schoen accused impeachment managers of evidence tampering. They manipulated evidence against the former President Trump and selectively “manipulated video and time shifting clips”. Schoen accused impeachment managers “selectively edited President’s words over and over again”. He also claimed that the House impeachment managers took President Trump’s words out of context and manipulated footage, tweets and news reporting. The attorneys argued that they were not presented with the House impeachment manager’s video footage ahead of time at the second impeachment trial.
One of Mr. Trump’s defense attorneys, Michael van der Veen, argued that “to claim that the president in any way wished, desired or encouraged lawless or violent behavior is a preposterous and monstrous lie.”
In Trump’s defense to fight with impeachment managers over the word “fight”, Van der Veen presented a full compilation video of hateful, inciteful Democrats remarks from Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Maxine Warren, Sen. Cory Booker and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. He argued that Trump’s comments were “ordinary political rhetoric” that is “virtually indistinguishable from the language that has been used by people across the political spectrum for hundreds of years.”
Van der Veen described this second impeachment trial as his “worst experience in Washington.”
WATCH: President Trump's Attorney David Schoen plays video montage of Democrats saying the word "fight."— CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2021
Once it concludes: "You didn't do anything wrong. It's a word people use, but please stop the hypocrisy."
Full #ImpeachmentTrial video here: https://t.co/K1c6PWPhtD pic.twitter.com/QXxF8eapH6
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that “I believe the best constitutional reading shows that Article II, Section 4 exhausts the set of persons who can legitimately be impeached, tried or convicted,” McConnell said. “It’s the president, the vice president and civil officers. We have no power to convict and disqualify a former office holder who is now a private citizen.”
U.S. Constitution Article II Section 4:
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
McConnell said that “It’s the president, the vice president and civil officers. We have no power to convict and disqualify a former officeholder who is now a private citizen.”
The final Senate vote was 57 to 43.
Trump became the first U.S. president impeached and acquitted by the House twice.
Former President Donald J. Trump issued the following statement sent by email after acquittal in second impeachment trial:
I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth.
My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.
Our cherished constitutional Republic was founded on the impartial rule of law, the indispensable safeguard for our liberties, our rights and our freedoms.
It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree. I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.
This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.
I also want to convey my gratitude to the millions of decent, hardworking, law-abiding, God-and-country loving citizens who have bravely supported these important principles in these very difficult and challenging times.
Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it!
We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.
Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
We remain one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God, and it’s our responsibility to preserve this magnificent inheritance for our children and for generations of Americans to come.
May God bless all of you, and may God forever bless the United States of America.