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Biden statement on impeachment : Substance of charge ‘not in dispute’

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“Even those opposed to the conviction … believe Donald Trump was guilty,” Biden wrote

President Joe Biden issued a statement late Saturday, hours after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on an article of impeachment for “inciting an insurrection” in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute,” Biden wrote.

“Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’ and “practically and morally responsible for provoking’ the violence unleashed on the Capitol.”

Here’s the complete Biden statement from the White House website:

It was nearly two weeks ago that Jill and I paid our respects to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who laid in honor in the Rotunda after losing his life protecting the Capitol from a riotous, violent mob on January 6, 2021.

Today, 57 Senators – including a record 7 Republicans – voted to find former President Trump guilty for inciting that deadly insurrection on our very democracy. The Senate vote followed the bipartisan vote to impeach him by the House of Representatives. While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” and “practically and morally responsible for provoking” the violence unleashed on the Capitol.

Tonight, I am thinking about those who bravely stood guard that January day. I’m thinking about all those who lost their lives, all those whose lives were threatened, and all those who are still today living with terror they lived through that day. And I’m thinking of those who demonstrated the courage to protect the integrity of our democracy – Democrats and Republicans, election officials and judges, elected representatives and poll workers – before and after the election. 

This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Now that its over lets quit giving Trump any press at all with the exception of his criminal trials and conviction that will be forthcoming in the months ahead.

  2. I get it. I voted for Joe Biden. Now, what is he and his team going to do about it? The Senate voted that it WAS constitutional to proceed w/the trial. Yet McConnell, who admitted trump incited the violence, now says it’s unconstitutional since “trump left office.” What gives? The Biden Administration needs to act and file a criminal complaint against the enemy. Kamala Harris should lead the pack.

  3. This is a golden opportunity. There needs to be loud, single voice rising up clearly repeating Biden’s message. McConnel’s message. Even Donald’s foolish followers’ message.

    Donald J. Trump is morally and practically responsible for an attempted Coup against the United States of America. Donald’s many crimes, including both criminal and civil charges arising from his failed insurgency, spell the end of his power to accomplish anything of note, save perhaps making prison linens really white.

    Make this a deafening blast, then cut off Donald’s access to all national information service. Declare him a non person, and censure the holy crap out of him. Let Fox, OAN, NewsMin, and Breitbart know that any attempts at reanimating this political zombie, will result in the kind of scrutiny that nobody wants. Just let him rot.

    Once in a rare while, word of a conviction will hit the news. Maybe in 10 years, a jail cell interview. Just to remind people. Do bad, get bad. Be forgotten.

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