Today, every Senate Republican except one banded together to carry out one of the most brazen miscarriages of justice in American history. Despite overwhelming evidence that President Donald Trump criminally abused his power by extorting Ukraine to announce investigations into his political opponents—then orchestrated an unprecedented cover-up of his criminal actions—the Senate voted to acquit Trump without even the semblance of a fair trial.
Amid the chaos of the 2020 Iowa caucuses, President Donald Trump and his allies tried to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election process, calling the system rigged. Some of Trump’s top surrogates, including his son Donald Trump Jr., his campaign chairman Brad Parscale, and even government officials such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), were openly speculating that the caucuses were rigged. This echoes back to the effort by Russia and the Trump campaign to describe the 2016 November general election as “rigged.”
As President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union tonight, he will do so as only the third U.S. president in history to be impeached. Not only that, the condemnation of his actions is broad and bipartisan. A bipartisan majority in the Senate agrees: Trump inappropriately extorted Ukraine for his personal benefit in the 2020 election.
The Senate is about to vote to let loose a criminal who has pledged to commit more crimes. They will do so without bothering to look at the evidence or have a fair trial. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) admitted it in his statement announcing he would be voting against hearing from witnesses. He said he agreed with the House managers when they said there there is a “mountain of overwhelming evidence” that President Donald Trump extorted the Ukrainian government to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden. Yet, Sen. Alexander hid behind the laughable excuse that a president abusing his power to undermine American democracy and national security for his own personal benefit is not a valid reason to remove that president from office.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) asked a late-night question that got to the heart of the matter before the U.S. Senate: “On what specific date did President Trump first order the hold on security assistance to Ukraine, and did he explain the reason at that time?” It should have been simple for the president’s counsel to answer. But they couldn’t—because the answer is incredibly incriminating.
President Donald Trump is a repeat offender when it comes to seeking out and accepting foreign interference for personal gain. If the Senate fails to convict and remove him from office, there is no doubt that Trump will once again solicit the help of a foreign power to interfere in the United States’ democratic elections. And Russia is getting ready to interfere again. A vote to let Trump off is a vote that guarantees that when American democracy is attacked again, Trump will encourage it.
To protect President Donald Trump, Senate Republicans have been pushing the debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election in order to help Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton. This isn’t just a lie; it’s Russian disinformation, designed to deflect criticism and cast doubt over Russia’s 2016 interference campaign. Russian President Vladimir Putin, unable to suppress his glee that the Republican Party has adopted his line, even told a crowd in November: “Thank God. No one is accusing us of interfering in the U.S. elections anymore; now they’re accusing Ukraine.”
Lev Parnas has decided to tell the world what he knows, and so far, it’s been devastating for President Donald Trump. In an extensive interview with Rachel Maddow, Parnas declared in no uncertain terms that “Trump knew exactly what was going on.” One of his most significant allegations involved indicted Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, a figure who has been lurking in the shadows of the impeachment investigation since the beginning.