Trump thanks senators who cleared him, calls impeachment trial ‘sad commentary on our times’

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President Trump is reacting to his being cleared in the Senate in his second impeachment trial, thanking his lawyers and the Republicans who voted to acquit but calling the entire affair “a sad commentary on our times.”

“I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth,” Trump said in an email blast after the Senate voted 57-43, far short of the tally needed to convict.

“My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.

“It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree,” the former commander-in-chief further said.

“I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate,” the statement continued.

A single article of impeachment was filed against the former president while he was still in office, just one week to the day after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, on the charge of “incitement of insurrection.”

The House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump one week to the day after the siege, in which five people died.

“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it!” Trump said.

“We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future,” he said. “Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish.” 

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