Schakowsky Statement on Senate Vote to Acquit President Trump

February 5, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump on the two Articles of Impeachment brought forward by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Today, Senate Republicans voted to acquit President Trump, shirking their Constitutional duty to act as a check on the Executive branch, and remaining complicit in this President’s grave abuses of power, obstruction of justice, and utter disregard for the law. This vote, taken after an unfair trial without witnesses or new evidence, represents a dangerous precedent: if this conduct does not warrant removal, then what does? If this President, who time after time puts his personal interests over the interests of the nation, is not removable, then who is? As my colleague Rep. Adam Schiff stated in his closing argument, “If right doesn’t matter, we’re lost. If the truth doesn’t matter, we’re lost.” Senate Republicans just showed us, that right and truth do not matter to them. They are lost.

“Now, more than ever, we must rally together and stand up against this dangerous and destructive President. While the trial is over, our work is not done, and hope is not lost. The people, and the People’s House, must fight on. Congress will keep providing oversight of this Administration’s shady and often illegal dealings, while continuing to pass legislation that protects Americans’ healthcare, jobs, and environment from the President’s cruel and harmful policies. I will continue fighting and speaking out against his every move that threatens our national security and the well-being of our people. And I will work tirelessly to ensure that this President is a one-term President left only to be judged by the history books.”