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Rep. Chu Statement on Senate Acquittal of President Trump

February 5, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who voted for impeachment, issued the following statement:

“Donald Trump has been impeached. This is a fact for the rest of history. And the core elements of our charges against the President remain unquestioned. Democrats, independents, and Republicans – even those who voted to acquit – agree that the House made our case that the President abused his power to pressure Ukraine to interfere in our election. However, despite acknowledging that, the majority of Republican Senators chose party over country. Acknowledging that a President abused his power and that it was wrong, but choosing not to punish him with the only means provided by the Constitution is to condone election interference in the future. It is a dangerous and irresponsible precedent that a president can do anything they want to help their own reelection, even withholding aid to an ally at war and pressuring them to promote Russian propaganda to influence our election. I’m incredibly proud of the work our House Managers did in presenting the case against President Trump, and I congratulate them on the force of their arguments. Unfortunately, for 52 Republican Senators, the fate of our democracy was less important than the fate of Donald Trump. History and the American people will remember this.”