Feb 5, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Sen. Doug Jones says he will vote to convict Trump

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Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) said in a statement Wednesday that he will vote to convict President Trump on both articles of impeachment.

Why it matters: Jones is one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2020, and the decision to vote in favor of removing Trump from office is likely to play a significant role in the deep-red Alabama Senate campaign.

What he's saying:

"Having done my best to see through the fog of partisanship, I am deeply troubled by the arguments put forth by the President’s lawyers in favor of virtually unchecked presidential power. In this case, the evidence clearly proves the President used the weight of his office and that of the United States government to coerce a foreign government to interfere in our election for his personal benefit. ..."
“The President’s actions demonstrate a belief that he is above the law, that Congress has no power whatsoever in questioning or examining his actions, and that all who do so, do so at their peril. That belief, unprecedented in the history of this country, simply must not be permitted to stand. To do otherwise risks guaranteeing that no future whistleblower or witness will ever come forward and no future President — Democrat or Republican — will be subject to Congressional oversight as mandated by the Constitution.”

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Trump impeachment trial recap, day 13: Senate votes to acquit Trump

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President Trump's Senate impeachment trial concluded Wednesday with a final vote (4pm ET) to acquit him on two articles brought by the House — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — after senators continue their debate on the issue.

The big picture: Trump's acquittal was always expected, but Wednesday saw an 11th hour twist in the impeachment trial as Sen. Mitt Romney voted in favor of convicting the president on abuse of power — the only Republican senator to break ranks.

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Senate acquits Trump

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The Senate has acquitted President Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The big picture: This is the ending that was expected all along, but the way the Senate trial ended — with nearly every Republican declining to pursue new information about Trump's Ukraine activities — has raised alarms about the growth of presidential power and the refusal of Congress to stop it.

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to vote to convict Trump

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) will vote to convict President Trump on both articles of impeachment, according to the Arizona Republic.

Why it matters: The moderate Sinema was viewed as one of the most likely Senate Democrats to vote to acquit Trump. She joins Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in voting to remove the president, while the other possible swing vote — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) — has yet to announce his decision.