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Schumer: Impeachment result a 'vote for infamy'

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After the Senate acquitted Donald Trump Saturday, Sen. Chuck Schumer said the result “will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the United States." He said the stain of Trump's actions will never be “washed away.” (Feb. 13)

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CHUCK SCHUMER: We saw it. We heard it. We lived it. This was the first presidential impeachment trial in history in which all senators were not only judges and jurors but witnesses to the constitutional crime that was committed.

In response to the incontrovertible fact of Donald Trump's guilt, the Senate was subject to a feeble and sometimes incomprehensible defense of the former president. Unable to dispute the case on the merits, the former president's counsel treated us to partisan vitriol, false equivalence, and outright falsehoods.

We heard the roundly debunked jurisdictional argument that the Senate cannot try a former official, a position that would mean that any president could simply resign to avoid accountability for an impeachable offense, a position, which in effect, would render the Senate powerless to ever enforce the disqualification clause in the Constitution. Essentially, the president's counsel told the Senate that the Constitution was unconstitutional.

Here's what the Republican leader of the Senate said. The mob that perpetrated the, quote, "failed insurrection," unquote, was-- on January 6, was, quote, "provoked by President Trump." You want another word for provoke? How about incite?

Yet still, still, the vast majority of the Senate Republican caucus, including the Republican leader, voted to acquit former President Trump, signing their names in the columns of history alongside his name forever. January 6 will live as a day of infamy in the history of the United States of America. The failure to convict Donald Trump will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the United States Senate.

My fellow Americans, remember that day, January 6, forever. The final, terrible legacy of the 45th president of the United States and, undoubtedly, our worst. Let it live on in infamy, a stain on Donald John Trump that can never, never be washed away.