House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA), in an interview with CNN, refused to acknowledge that President Trump was acquitted of the impeachment charges against him in the Senate, arguing that he didn’t have a proper trial.
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The interview: In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, Pelosi interrupted the anchor mid-question, to correct him that the president wasn’t acquitted and note that he will be impeached “forever.”
“What about, though, the fact that the president seems liberated, and this is about democratic politics so I’m not asking you to criticize here, but he was acquitted, his poll ratings are high …” Amanpour said.
Pelosi’s remarks: “He was not … there was no … You can’t have an acquittal unless you have a trial, and you can’t have a trial unless you have witnesses and documents. So he can say he’s acquitted, and the headlines can say ‘acquitted,’ but he’s impeached forever, branded with that, and not vindicated.”
“And even the senators were saying, ‘yes, it wasn’t right,’ but they didn’t have the courage to act upon that,” she added. She then praised Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) the only Republican who voted to convict the president for abuse of power. “God bless him,” Pelosi said.
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Background: Despite Democrats’ effort, the GOP majority in Senate, during the impeachment trial in the upper chamber, voted against calling additional witnesses and subpoenaing documents. They then voted to acquit President Trump on both impeachment charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Romney voted to acquit him on the second charge.
The vote in the Senate came after representatives in the House impeached the president, in a completely party-line vote.
Worth noting: Pelosi isn’t the only one who’s publicly stated that the Senate vote doesn’t amount to an acquittal. The House managers in the impeachment trial, who acted as prosecutors, argued during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper earlier this month, that President Trump hasn’t been “exonerated.” They also similarly claimed that the trial was unfair, citing the vote against hearing additional testimonies.
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