US President Donald Trump skates through US Senate proceedings as the Republican majority-Senate voted for his acquittal.
Last week, Trump’s acquittal was a victory for the GOP. The Republican-majority Senate voted on whether to convict and remove Trump from office following the Democratic-majority House vote in favor of formally charging him for two crimes: obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
The final Senate tally resulted in a vote of 53-47 (obstruction of Congress); and abuse of power, which got a 52-48 vote. One GOP member, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), stepped outside of the party lines and voting that Trump did violate this charge.
Trump’s acquittal was expected to be a likely outcome for the Senate. What did come as a surprise is the firing of two key impeachment witnesses. Trump dismissed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council, and US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.
While the New York Times reports that several Republicans attempted to stop the termination in concern that it would be perceived as revenge, Trump called Lt. Vindman “very insubordinate,” and that the intelligence officer “reported contents of my “perfect” calls incorrectly,” in a Twitter response.
Elected officials like Rep. Hakeem Jefries, maintains his position that Trump committed a crime.
House Managers made the case with a mountain of evidence.
We proved that President Trump corruptly abused his power and tried to cover it up.
The fate of the Republic is now in the precious hands of the American people.
Democrats gear up to dismantle GOP power
As the Democratic primaries are underway, the main chant is to “beat Trump.” In the recent New Hampshire debate, Trump was mentioned 64 times. Candidate Thomas Steyer remarked: “there’s a real threat that Donald Trump can get reelected . . . the only way that we’re going to beat him . . . is to get turnout across the spectrum of democratic voters.”
Steyer who did not place in last week’s Iowa caucus, has been canvassing with on-the-ground organizations in South Carolina. He continued, “we’re going to have to appeal across the spectrum, moderates, progressives and every group.”
The clash between parties heated up at Trump’s State of the Union address last week when House majority leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ripped up a transcript of the president’s speech after he addressed Congress and the nation.
According to a poll conducted by Third Way and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Blacks are more motivated to vote in 2020 than the 2016 presidential election. However, 34 percent are less attached to the Democratic Party.
Now, Democratic presidential candidates gear up for the New Hampshire caucus this Tuesday.
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