Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is expressing disappointment in Senate Republicans after President Donald Trump was acquitted on the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges. The Senate voted 52-48 and 53-47 against impeaching the president yesterday.
In a statement after the vote, Pelosi, who fought to make the trial fair in the Senate, claimed that Republicans ignored the system of checks and balances set up when the country began. She went on to say that Trump was impeached in the House with the support of the American people and that while many GOP lawmakers agreed, the Senate did not vote based on their beliefs, but simply did what the president wanted.
The exception was Sen. Mitt Romney, who voted guilty on the allegation of abuse of power, saying that it was his duty to be impartial as he swore in his oath of office. He also noted he thought the case for impeachment had been made.
"The President will boast that he has been acquitted. There can be no acquittal without a trial, and there is no trial without witnesses, documents and evidence. By suppressing the evidence and rejecting the most basic elements of a fair judicial process, the Republican Senate made themselves willing accomplices to the President's cover-up."