R.I. congressmen react to President Trump’s Senate acquittal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Rhode Island’s congressional delegation wasted little time in responding to President Trump’s acquittal on both articles of impeachment in the Senate today.
“The facts are clear, the conduct impeachable, and the obstruction unprecedented,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “Yet the White House and its allies in the Senate have stymied the Constitution’s process for removing a corrupt president.”
The two Rhode Island senators stayed within party ranks, voting guilty on both articles.
“I take no pleasure in voting to impeach a president and remove him from office,” said Senator Jack Reed. “After listening closely to the impeachment managers and the president’s defense team, carefully weighing the evidence that was presented to us — and being denied the opportunity to see relevant documents and hear from firsthand witnesses — I will vote to find President Trump guilty on both articles of impeachment.”
Reed called the vote to not allow additional testimony and witnesses in the trial “a partisan rush” to spare Trump from having his former staff testify in public against him.
“This short-term maneuver to shield President Trump from the truth is a sever blow against good government that will do lasting damage to this institution and our democracy,” Reed said.
Representative Jim Langevin supported the senators’ decisions to vote guilty on the articles.
“I support their position that the President’s conduct reached – and, in fact, far exceeded – the high bar set forth in the Constitution for an impeachable offense,” Langevin said. “It is truly a dark day for democracy when partisan politics trump the notion that no one is above the law.”
Reacting on Twitter, Representative David Cicilline called the verdict a “cover up” and not the “product of a real trial” or an “exoneration”. The congressman expressed his hope that Trump would be removed from office in the upcoming presidential election.
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