President Donald Trump addressed the nation on today after the Senate acquitted him in his impeachment trial. He was direct, harsh and thankful. Direct in his words, no holds barred, harsh to his critics and political opponents and thankful to his supporters and those he called “warriors”.
Here are two things to take note of from the president’s statement:
“We had the witch hunt…“It started from the day we came down the elevator, myself and our future first lady.”President Trump
The FBI officially opened the Russia investigation in July 2016 after receiving intelligence from a what many media outlets have called a “friendly country” that a Trump campaign associate had advance knowledge of Russian hacking. The investigation eventually morphed into the special counsel probe led by Robert Mueller.
In a report released last year, the Justice Department watchdog concluded that the FBI officials who opened the Russia investigation didn’t do it without some semblance of bias with no one including FBI director, James Comey not being vindicated.
The watchdog found some senior FBI officials openly disliked Trump, the internal review determined that the key decisions weren’t directly influenced by bias but the intent and legitimacy is still in question. The key point here is the FISA warrant received to engage in this investigation into potential collusion was obtained with 17 plus mistakes and misleading facts.
Trump suggests Romney “used religion as a crutch” when voting on impeachment
Mitt Romney (R-Utah) was the sole Republican to vote to convict the President on the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, joining with all Senate Democrats in a 52-48 not guilty vote. Romney voted with Republicans against the obstruction of Congress charge, which fell along straight party lines, 53-47 for acquittal.
In Romney’s explanation of his vote he sighted his conscience and his faith. President Trump called this into question during his statement to the nation after his acquittal yesterday.
Trump was found not guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the impeachment articles the House Democrats charged Trump with in December.
President Trump, commanding a triumphant scene at the White House complete with the playing of “Hail to the Chief,” railed against what he called an “evil” impeachment process on today hours after his historic acquittal in the Senate.
Greeted by thunderous applause and a standing ovation by his supporters, the president declared “we went through hell” but described the moment as a “celebration” — while maintaining as he did throughout the impeachment inquiry and trial that he “did nothing wrong.”
“It was evil. It was corrupt. It was dirty cops. It was leakers and liars. This should never, ever happen to another president, ever,” Trump said. The commander in chief has taken his victory lap and pushing forward saying; “It was a disgrace.”