A sad day for our democracy
By Senator Ron Wyden
Today, Senate Republicans had the chance to uphold their constitutional duties by acting as impartial jurors and holding the president accountable for putting his personal interests above national security.
They chose not to.
Instead, today, Senate Republicans showed they’ll allow Donald Trump to do whatever he wants, including to encourage foreign governments to interfere with our elections.
They’ll even help him cover it up.
Today, Senate Republicans announced they have one interest: increasing their own power.
Not pursuing justice. Not helping working families. Not upholding their oath to defend the Constitution.
Trump’s impeachment trial was a rigged process from the start, with Mitch McConnell’s only goal being to reach a political outcome, not a just one. No trial can be considered fair if there are no relevant witnesses, and no relevant documents.
The decision to acquit sends the signal that all presidents current and future can get away with anything. This is a sad day for America, and a sad day for our democracy.