March 31, 2020

The Acquittal of President Trump

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In a celebration at the White House the day after his acquittal, President Trump showed the front page of the anti-Trump newspaper the Washington Post.

On February 5, 2020, the Senate acquitted President Donald J. Trump of the two fake and unfair articles of impeachment. The vote followed a bitter fight between House impeachment managers, who acted as prosecutors and constantly lied in the president’s Senate trial, and President Trump’s legal defense team, who defended strongly the President over his dealings with Ukraine. The Senate vote to acquit was a clear victory for the president!

On the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, all 47 Democratic senators and one Republican senator Mitt Romney from Utah voted to convict and 52 Republican senators voted not guilty. On the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, all 47 Democratic senators voted guilty and all 53 Republican Senators, including Senator Romney, voted not guilty. After his acquittal, President Trump, in a tweet said “our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax.”

To remove the president from office, two-thirds of the Senate, or 67 lawmakers, are needed to vote to convict him. It was the first time in history that a member of the president’s own party voted to convict and remove him from office. Senator Romney was severely criticized by Republicans all over the nation who see him as anti-Trump traitor of the GOP that nominated him as candidate for president in 2012. It was also the first time that the entire opposing party voted to convict the President.

President Trump was impeached in December 2020. The President was unfairly accused of holding back $391 million in military assistance to Ukraine in a July 25, 2019 phone call with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The President released the transcript of his conversation where he asked President Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his very corrupt son Hunter over his employment on the board of the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings.

At no time in that conversation did President Trump ask for a “quit pro quo” or pressured President Zelensky, who was unaware at the time that the aid had been delayed. President Zelensky stated he was never pressured. President Trump wanted NATO allies Germany, France, and United Kingdom to provide military aid to Ukraine and not only the United States. Asking Ukraine to fight corruption was not illegal as there was a signed treaty with the United States this country would eliminate corruption. The military aid was later released and no investigation was conducted in Ukraine.

The articles of impeachment were unable to cite that a crime was committed by the President. It was a partisan, reckless, unfair, and damaging impeachment to the national security and the Constitutional Republic by the increasingly socialist and pro-Islamic radical Democratic Party. One Democratic Congressman voted against impeachment and became a member of the Republican Party and a couple others Democrats voted against the impeachment or voted present. Thus, there was a bipartisan vote against impeachment in the House. All Republicans voted against impeachment in the House of Representatives.

Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell from Kentucky stated the following: “We should all agree that this is the precisely the type of recklessness that the Senate was created to stop. The response to losing one election cannot be to attack the office of the presidency.” Republican Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee said: “Unless there’s some bipartisan consensus of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors, as there was in the Nixon case, and then there shouldn’t be an impeachment.”

The Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial on February 6, 2020 titled “James Madison 1, Nancy Pelosi 0: Impeachment achieved nothing but more bitter political division.” The editorial stated the following:

“A sorry period in Congressional history ended Wednesday with the Senate acquittal of President Trump on two articles of impeachment passed by a partisan and reckless Democratic House. Chalk up one more victory for the Framers of the Constitution, who realized the dangers of political factions and created the Senate to check them.

A sign of our hyperpartisan times is that not a single Senate Democrat broke ranks on either article, not even the “obstruction of Congress” article that sought to eviscerate the separation of powers and two centuries of precedent on executive privilege. The vote was 53-47. Apparently the wrath of the anti-Trump resistance, and the risk of a possible primary challenge, was too fearsome to buck. Or perhaps it was a relatively easy vote since Mr. Trump was in no danger of being evicted from office.

Republican Mitt Romney broke GOP ranks to convict the President on the other article, “abuse of power,” making that vote to acquit 52-48. That’s still far from the two-thirds that James Madison and the Founders, in their wisdom, required for conviction.

Mr. Romney will now be derided as either a traitor or a hero, but we take his word that he voted his conscience. His explanation for his vote is another story.

The Utah Senator set up the straw man that the President’s lawyers said an impeachable act must also be a criminal offense. But Mr. Romney knows that isn’t the proper standard that other Senators used to judge impeachable conduct. He also claimed Mr. Trump “withheld vital military funds” from Ukraine, when the President merely delayed it and no investigation of the Bidens was ever undertaken.

“Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine,” Mr. Romney said on the Senate floor. But no election was corrupted, and no national security interests were jeopardized because other Senators and advisers persuaded Mr. Trump to release military aid.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse offered a far more thoughtful argument in the Omaha World Herald for his vote to acquit: “You don’t remove a president for initially listening to bad advisors but eventually taking counsel from better advisors—which is precisely what happened here.”

He also put impeachment in the context of today’s political furies. “Today’s debate comes at a time when our institutions of self-government are suffering a profound crisis of legitimacy, on both sides of the aisle,” Mr. Sasse said. “We need to shore up trust. A reckless removal would do the opposite, setting the nation on fire. Half of the citizenry—tens of millions who intended to elect a disruptive outsider—would conclude that D.C. insiders overruled their vote, overturned an election and struck their preferred candidate from the ballot.”

This is conscience tempered by judgment and political prudence, and similar cases were made by swing state Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Cory Gardner (Colorado), as well as Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander as we wrote Monday. The shame is that Mr. Romney’s vote hands a political sword to the Democrats running this year against Ms. Collins, Mr. Gardner and Arizona’s Martha McSally.

Mr. Romney’s vote won’t matter to Mr. Trump, but Democrats and the impeachment press will now use Mr. Romney as an authority against his GOP Senate colleagues. At least Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the compensation of knowing that Alabama Democrat Doug Jones has all but signed his eviction notice in 2020 by voting to convict on both articles.

In the bitter end, what has all of this accomplished? The House has defined impeachment down to a standard that will now make more impeachments likely. “Abuse of power” and “corrupt motives” are justifications that partisans in both parties can use.

Mr. Trump remains in office, but he will now claim vindication and use it as a rallying cry for re-election against what he will call an attempted insider coup. The partisan furies have intensified, and this election year will be even more bitterly fought. Mr. Trump’s political standing has even improved during the impeachment struggle, as voters concluded early on that his behavior was wrong and unwise but not impeachable.

We doubt this is what Nancy Pelosi hoped for, but it is what her partisan impeachment has wrought. She lost to a better statesman—James Madison. Now let the voters decide, as Madison and his mates intended.”

Remarks by President Trump at the National Prayer Breakfast and the White House

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On February 6, 2020, President Donald Trump spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast that was attended by Republicans and Democrats and Speaker Pelosi.

On February 6, 2020, Catherine Lucey and Andrew Restuccia wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Trump Denounces Impeachment, Saying He went Through Hell.”

Lucey and Restuccia explained the President Trump while speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, the annual gathering of faith leaders, politicians and dignitaries, said: “My family, our great country and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people. They have done everything possible to destroy us.”

Lucey and Restuccia wrote that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came to the event and was seated at a long table near the podium. She was among those who spoke before the President and clapped as he entered the room. President Trump spoke indirectly at Senator Mitt Romney and said “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.”

President Trump also addressed comments Speaker Pelosi made indicating that she prayed for Trump. The President stated: “When she said, ‘I pray for the president, I pray for the president,’ she doesn’t pray. She may pray, but she prays for the opposite.” This is the fourth year the President has addressed the annual gathering.

President Trump stated the following at the National Prayer Breakfast:

“It’s wonderful to be with the thousands of religious believers for the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast.  I’ve been here from the first one, where I had the privilege of being asked.  I’ve been with you for a long time before then.  And we’ve made tremendous progress.  Tremendous progress.  You know what we’ve done.  I don’t think anybody has done more than all of us together during these last three years…

Everyone here today is united by a shared conviction.  We know that our nation is stronger, our future is brighter, and our joy is greater when we turn to God and ask him to shed his grace on our lives… As I said on Tuesday in the House Chamber, In America, we don’t punish prayer.  We don’t tear down crosses.  We don’t ban symbols of faith.  We don’t muzzle preachers. We don’t muzzle pastors. In America, we celebrate faith, we cherish religion, we lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the Glory of God.  So much of the greatness we have achieved, the mysteries we’ve unlocked, and the wonders we’ve built, the challenges we’ve met, and the incredible heights that we’ve reached has come from the faith of our families and the prayers of our people.

Before America declared independence, patriots in all 13 colonies came together in days of fasting and prayer. In the bitter cold of Valley Forge, Washington and his men had no food, no supplies, and very little chance of victory…Before a single skyscraper rose up in New York City, thousands of poor American families donated all they could to build the magnificent St. Patrick’s Cathedral. When Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon, he said, “Houston, I would like to request a few moments of silence.”  Then, he read from the Bible.  At every stage, our nation’s long march for civil rights was inspired, sustained, and uplifted by faith, prayer, and devotion of religious believers.

To protect faith communities, I have taken historic action to defend religious liberty, including the constitutional right to pray in public schools…  But I also recently took executive action to stop taxpayer dollars from going to colleges and universities that spread the poison of anti-Semitism and bad things about Christianity…

As we revive our economy, we are also renewing our national spirit.  Today we proudly proclaim that faith is alive and well and thriving in America.  And we’re going to keep it that way… Something which wasn’t done nearly enough — I could almost say wasn’t done at all — we are standing up for persecuted Christians and religious minorities all around the world —like nobody has ever done.

Last year, at the United Nations, I was honored to be the first President to host a meeting of religious freedom.  It was based all on religious freedom.  That was the first meeting of its kind ever held at the United Nations.  There I called upon all nations to combat the terrible injustice of religious persecution.  And people listened…

Yesterday, our administration launched the International Religious Freedom Alliance, the first-ever alliance devoted to promoting religious liberty.  It was really something.  More than 25 countries have already joined our campaign.  I want to thank Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, along with Ambassador Sam Brownback, who are both here this morning, for leading this historic initiative.  Thank you very much. All of us here today reaffirm these timeless truths: Faith keeps us free.  Prayer makes us strong.  And God alone is the author of life and the giver of grace.

With us this morning is a pastor who embodies the miracle of faith and the power of prayer: Reverend Gerald Toussaint from Louisiana.  Reverend Toussaint is an Army veteran, a truck driver, and a pastor.  He leads the same church that his father led, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, which has been a pillar of the community for more than 140 years. Last year, Mount Pleasant was one of three African American churches in Louisiana that was destroyed in a fire set by a wicked, hate-filled arsonist.

Yet, in the wake of such shocking evil, America witnessed the unshakable unity, devotion, and spirit of Reverend Toussaint and his entire highly spirited, beautiful congregation.  Families quickly came together in prayer.  Soon, people from all across Louisiana came to help any way they could.  Americans in all 50 states and 20 different countries heard about it and they donated more than $2 million to help rebuild Mount Pleasant and the other two churches that were burned…

Religion in this country and religion all over the world — certain religions in particular — are under siege.  We won’t let that happen.  We are going to protect our religions.  We are going to protect Christianity.  We are going to protect our great ministers and pastors and rabbis and all of the people that we so cherish and that we so respect…

But I can say that going beyond that, we’re grateful to the people in this room for the love they show to religion.  Not one religion, but many religions…  This morning, let us ask Father in Heaven to guide our steps, protect our children, and bless our families.  And with all of our heart, let us forever embrace the eternal truth that every child is made equal by the hand of Almighty God.

Thank you.  God Bless you.  And God bless America.  Thank you all very much.  Thank you.  Thank you.”

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On February 6, 2020, President Donald J. Trump held a celebration meeting over his acquittal in the Senate trial in the East Room of the White House.

The day of his acquittal in the Senate over his impeachment by the partisan and reckless Democratic House of Representatives, President Donald J. Trump, in a meeting in the White House, criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff calling them “horrible” people. “These people are vicious. Adam Schiff is a vicious, horrible person. Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person. And she wanted to impeach a long time ago,” President Trump said.

President Trump said he “went through hell” during what he termed a politically driven impeachment investigation. “This is what the end result is,” the President said, holding up a copy of the newspaper the Washington Post.” with the headline “Trump Acquitted.” He laughed and said: “It’s the only good headline I’ve had in the Washington Post.”

Lucey and Restuccia explained that later President Trump spoke from the East Room of the White House and said Democrats have been targeting him since he took office and called an earlier probe into possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia “all bulls—.” The President said the investigation he experienced should “never, ever happen to another president.” He also thanked supporters, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican Senators and Representatives, who strongly defended him during the impeachment.

The President criticized the FBI bad cops James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok; the Mueller investigation, and the FISA Court. He said he hoped all them would be investigated.

Conclusion

The two articles of impeachment passed by a partisan, unfair, destructive and reckless Democratic House of Representatives without any due process of law were rejected by the Senate. The socialist Democratic Party believed it could seriously damage President Trump in his re-election campaign. But it has backfired.

The Gallup poll conducted between January 16 and January 29, 2020 indicated that President Trump has received the highest approval rate of 49% by the nation and 94% by Republicans. The nation’s positive view of the Republican Party has increased dramatically to 51% while the Democratic Party has dropped to 45%. After the fiasco of the Iowa Caucus, the Democrats are unable to count the votes correctly and there are allegations of voter fraud.

As a result of the many accomplishment of President Trump and the most unfair and shameful impeachment, the Republican will win the White House again, keep the Senate, and take over the House in the 2020 elections.

The United States does not want socialism!

Frank DeVarona

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