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Blunt: “The Articles of Impeachment Should Be and Will Be Rejected by the Senate”

February 05, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the Senate floor to lay out why he will vote to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment.
Following Are Excerpts From Blunt’s Remarks:
“Later today I'll vote to acquit the president on the charges and the two articles of impeachment. Now, a not guilty verdict, as every senator on this floor has known for some time, was always what would happen in a House-driven, partisan impeachment process.
“Less than a year ago, the Speaker of the House said that we should not go through this process unless something was compelling, unless something was overwhelming, unless something was bipartisan. I think the speaker was exactly right then, and I hope all future speakers look at that guidance as we think about this process of impeachment. In the first 180 years of the Constitution, individual members talked about impeachment of presidents, maybe of almost every president, but the Congress only seriously touched this topic one time, one time in 180 years, Mr. President. In the last 46 years presidential impeachment has been before the country three times and each case has been less compelling than the one before it.
“We don't want partisan impeachment to become an exercise that happens when one party, not the party of the president, happens to have a majority of the votes in the House of Representatives. …
“In their haste to put this case together, the House sent the Senate the two weakest articles of impeachment possible. Presidents since Washington have been accused by some members of Congress of abuse of power. Presidents since Washington have been accused by some members of Congress of failure to cooperate with the Congress.
“The House managers argued against their own case. They repeatedly contended that they'd made their case completely, they'd made their case totally, they'd made their case incontrovertibly. But they wanted us to call witnesses that they'd chosen not to call. They said they'd already been in court nine months to get the president's former White House counsel to testify and weren't done yet. But somehow, they thought the Senate could get that person and others in a matter of days.
“These arguments have been and should have been rejected by the Senate. Today, the articles of impeachment should be and will be rejected by the Senate. Based on the speaker's March comments, these articles should have never been sent to the Senate. They were not compelling, they were not overwhelming, they were not bipartisan, and most importantly, Mr. President, they were not necessary. One of the lessons we send today is to this House, and to future Houses of Representatives, do your job. Take it seriously. Don't make it political.”   

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