Republicans Admit Trump Is Guilty But Will Acquit Him Anyway In Sham Trial That Blocked Incriminating Evidence

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Trump To Be Given Green Light To Break The Law Again

The House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump for breaking the law by using military aid to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election.

The case is so strong and the evidence is so overwhelming that multiple Republican senators—like Lamar Alexander and Rob Portman—have come out to confirm that Donald Trump is, in fact, guilty as charged.

But instead of seeking accountability for his lawbreaking, the White House and Senate Republicans held a sham trial that blocked testimony from firsthand witnesses like John Bolton as well as dozens of incriminating emails from being entered into the record.

As a result, any acquittal is meaningless. It won’t be seen as an exoneration. It will be a cover-up.

This is backed up by polling:

  • Quinnipiac poll shows that 75 percent of Americans support calling new witnesses like Bolton and Mulvaney.
  • Pew poll shows a majority of Americans—63 percent—say that Trump has definitely or probably done things that are illegal and a whopping 70 percent say Trump definitely or probably acted unethically.
  • FiveThirtyEight poll shows that 54 percent support the Senate removing Trump from office. 

Unfortunately, the decision by Senate Republicans to defy the will of the American people and hold a sham trial to cover up Donald Trump’s crimes will have lasting consequences for our democracy.

This is the second time that he has gotten away with inviting a foreign government to interfere with American democracy. He will do it again.

Any why wouldn’t he? Senate Republicans have sent the clear signal that he is above the law. They admit he’s guilty but are letting him off the hook anyway.

There are only two things we can do now:

  1. Turn out in overwhelming numbers next November to throw them all out of office.
  2. Take to the streets in hundreds of cities and towns across the country today at 5:30 PM local time to “Reject The Cover-Up.” Folks can find the nearest protest at RejectTheCoverUp.org.

The American people will make it clear to the White House and Senate that nobody should be above the law—not even a president of the United States.

 

Republican Senators Admitting Trump Is Guilty As Charged

Alexander: “‘There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens; the House managers have proved this with what they call a “mountain of overwhelming evidence.’”

Collins“In her remarks, Collins acknowledged Trump’s actions were ‘improper’ and ‘demonstrated very poor judgment.’ ‘It was wrong for President Trump to mention former Vice President Joe Biden on that phone call, and it was wrong for him to ask a foreign country to investigate a political rival,’ she said.”

Murkowski“Just asked Lisa Murkowski if she agreed with Lamar Alexander that Trump’s conduct was inappropriate, she said: ‘I would concur.’ She also said ‘yes’ she made up her mind on whether to acquit but declined to comment”

Murkowski“MURKOWSKI on Senate floor: ‘The president’s behavior was shameful and wrong…’”

Portman“I have said consistently for the past four months, since the Zelensky transcript was first released, that I believe that some of the president’s actions in this case — including asking a foreign country to investigate a potential political opponent and the delay of aid to Ukraine — were wrong and inappropriate.”

Romney“By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.”

Sasse: “Lamar speaks for lots and lots of us.”

Sasse“‘I believe that delaying the aid was inappropriate and wrong and shouldn’t have happened,’ Sasse said. ‘A number of us have said that.’”

Toomey“GOP Sen. Pat Toomey just told me: ‘I’ve said from the beginning that it was not a perfect phone call and there are elements that were not appropriate.’”


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The new project is a joint effort from Defend the Republic, a messaging and strategic communications project focused on holding the Trump Administration accountable, and Stand Up America, one of the country’s largest grassroots advocacy organizations and a key group driving grassroots action on impeachment.

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