The GOP Senate’s acquittal of President Donald Trump amounts to a complete abdication of the Senate’s constitutional duty to check presidential abuses of power.
The House managers demonstrated with overwhelming evidence that Trump abused his power when he withheld aid to Ukraine as part of a bribery scheme to coerce Ukrainian president Zelensky to announce a sham investigation of a political rival, Joe Biden.
We have not seen anything like Trump’s abuse of power throughout American history. Trump’s hijacking of foreign policy to further his personal, political interests is exactly the kind of abuse of power that the framers of the Constitution feared the most. If Trump’s Ukraine bribery scheme is not an impeachable offense, then what is to stop Trump or future presidents from starting a war to further their political interests?
Trump’s misconduct is a high crime requiring conviction and removal. He is a clear and present danger to the rule of law and national security. Now that he will remain in office, there is a substantial risk that he will abuse his power in a similar fashion. The GOP Senate’s sham impeachment trial without witnesses, in conjunction with their vote to acquit, will go down in history as one of the worst decisions ever rendered by the Senate.