McGovern Statement on Senate Votes on Articles of Impeachment
Washington, February 5, 2020
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WASHINGTON – House Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA) issued this statement following today’s votes in the United States Senate on articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives:
“Donald Trump broke the law. He tried to cheat in an election. And when he got caught, he orchestrated a massive cover-up to conceal the truth. He tried to sabotage what millions of Americans have fought and died to protect – our sacred right to vote. What he did was simply wrong, and now he’s been given a green light by the Senate to do it again.
“A trial without witnesses is not a trial, and the Senate’s acquittal is meaningless. If anything, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have convicted themselves – of disregarding their oath, dishonoring the Senate, and doing irreparable damage to the fabric of this republic. History will not be kind to them. They put party politics above their duty to protect our constitution. They will have to live with the fact that they have forever tied their legacy to Donald Trump’s corruption and lies.
“The Senate has set America on a course away from the rule of law, and towards the crooked authoritarianism we have opposed for two and a half centuries, but which Donald Trump embraces with open arms. Let us all pray our country finds its way once again.”