As Trump celebrates acquittal, Democrats maintain impeachment was still worth it
— Democrats’ drive to impeach President Donald Trump has ended as both sides always expected it would: with Trump triumphantly celebrating his acquittal by Senate Republicans.
“It worked out. We went through hell unfairly. Did nothing wrong. Did nothing wrong. I’ve done things wrong in my life, I will admit. Not purposely, but I’ve done things wrong. But this is what the end result is,” Trump said at a White House event Thursday, holding up a newspaper with the headline “Trump acquitted.”
The Senate voted against removing Trump from office Wednesday mostly along party lines, with all 47 Democrats and GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah voting to convict the president and 52 Republicans acquitting him. The verdict concluded a nearly five-month inquiry that began when House Democrats obtained an intelligence community whistleblower complaint in September.
“Today, the president and Senate Republicans have normalized lawlessness and rejected the system of checks and balances of our Constitution,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement Wednesday. “Our founders put safeguards in the Constitution to protect against a rogue president.