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The United States Senate is expected to vote no on removing Donald Trump from office. The expected vote is not an acquittal.
Donald Trump is not charged with a crime. Donald Trump is not indicted. He is impeached, and he always will be impeached. After impeachment the Senate has the duty to conduct a “trial” to decide whether the facts surrounding impeachment support removal. The Senate has broad authority in making its decision. It can decide to hear more witnesses and receive more evidence. It can decide to vote on removal based on the evidence presented in support of impeachment refusing to hear more evidence from any source. The decision on evidence is within the province of the Senate, pursuant to its constitutional authority to decide to remove or not to remove.
In this instance the Senate is exercising its constitutional authority not to hear more witnesses or receive more evidence. Like it or not, it is within the power of the Senate to make this decision. The Senate has broad authority on the issue of removal after impeachment, it is exercising that authority.
Donald Trump will remain in office, but he is not acquitted.
Take, for example, what Senator Lamar Alexander concluded on his expected vote against removal:
“I think what he did is a long way from treason, bribery, high crimes, and misdemeanors,” Alexander said. “I don't think it's the kind of inappropriate action that the framers would expect the Senate to substitute its judgment for the people in picking a president.”
Alexander said that “the only question left is who decides what to do about” Trump’s behavior.
“The people is my conclusion…You know, it struck me, really for the first time, early last week, that we're not just being asked to remove the president from office. We're saying, ‘Tell him he can't run in the 2020 election which begins Monday in Iowa.’”
"Well, I mean, if you have eight witnesses who say someone left the scene of an accident, why do you need nine?" Alexander said. "I mean, the question for me was: Do I need more evidence to conclude that the president did what he did? And I concluded no." Politico
Therefore, if you carefully read Alexander’s comments you can come away with two conclusions:
1. Alexander is voting not to remove. Not because Donald Trump did not do what is alleged but because
2.…that decision should be left to the people in the 2020 election.
What the upcoming vote means is the Senate has no political will to hear more witnesses, thereby hiding its head in the sand to the truth about Trump’s conduct. What the vote means is that the Senate does not have the political will to stand up to Trump for fear of losing their offices.
Acquittal? No. A vote not to remove, yes.
As time goes on more facts will reveal themselves. The facts will demonstrate the vote not to remove is premature.
Whether Trump is removed from office will be up to the people.
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
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