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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Langevin blasts Senate acquittal of Trump

Trump’s conduct “far exceeded the high bar set in the Constitution”
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)

Image may contain: 1 person, possible text that says '"The President will boast that he has been acquitted. There can be no acquittal without a trial, and there is is no trial without witnesses, documents & evidence. By suppressing the evidence and rejecting the most basic elements of fair judicial process, the Republican Senate made themselves willing accomplices to the President's cover-up." -House Speaker Nancy elosi'President Trump put his own personal and political interest above the nation when he made the release of Congressionally approved aid to Ukraine conditioned on the announcement of an investigation of a political rival.

The House impeachment managers have made this abundantly clear, a fact that even Republican Senators don’t contest.

In fact, for the first time in history a Senator has voted to remove a President from his own party, and I commend Senator Romney for his courage and integrity.

The President betrayed his oath of office.

However, instead of conducting an impartial trial and hearing the testimony of first-hand, fact witnesses, such as Ambassador Bolton, Senate Republicans have abdicated their responsibilities to the Constitution and the American people.

The American people deserved a fair and legitimate Senate trial that considered the full body of evidence to get to the whole truth.

Throughout our nation’s history, the Senate has considered the testimony of witnesses in every impeachment trial because critical information should not be left in the dark when the stakes are this high.

I commend Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse for advocating for a trial that considered every aspect of what transpired.

I support their position that the President’s conduct reached – and, in fact, far exceeded – the high bar set forth in the Constitution for an impeachable offense. It is truly a dark day for democracy when partisan politics trump the notion that no one is above the law.”