Trump Delivers Remarks Following Impeachment Acquittal: 'I Did Nothing Wrong'


President Donald Trump delivered remarks on Thursday afternoon regarding his Wednesday impeachment acquittal.

During the statement, which was made at the White House, the president commented on impeachment proceedings that came to an end following Wednesday vote in the Senate, reports CNN.

"We went through h—, unfairly," Trump declared. "I did nothing wrong."

Early during the remarks, Trump held up a copy of a newspaper that read "Trump acquitted" on the front page in big bold letters.

president donald trump holds up a newspaper reading with the headline 'trump acquitted'
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"This is what the end result is," he said, as he held up a copy of The Washington Post.

The president spoke out against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, impeachment manager Adam Schiff and other Democratic leaders.

"These people are vicious," he said. "Adam Schiff is a vicious, horrible person. Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person. And she wanted to impeach a long time ago."

Trump also acknowledged his political allies, praising Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his "fantastic job" overseeing the trial.

"Mitch, he stayed right there from the beginning, he never changed. And Mitch McConnell, I want to tell you, you did a fantastic job."

On Thursday morning, Trump took veiled shots House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Senator Mitt Romney at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, reports CNN.

Speaking at the annual bipartisan event, Trump railed against "dishonest and corrupt people" who "badly hurt our nation."

He went on to indirectly take shots at Pelosi, who previously said that she prays for the president daily, and Romney, who referenced his Mormon faith when discussing his vote on impeachment.

"I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong nor do I like people who say, 'I pray for you,' when they know that's not so. So many people have been hurt and we can't let that go on," Trump said.

"We have allies, we have enemies, sometimes the allies are enemies but we just don't know it. But we're changing all that," Trump later remarked at the event.

The Senate acquitted Trump on two impeachment charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — on Wednesday afternoon.

In the first vote which came shortly after 4 p.m., 48 senators found Trump guilty of abuse of power, while 52 senators voted to acquit the president.

In a second vote on the article of obstruction of Congress which passed along party lines, 47 senators found the president guilty, compared to 53 who found him not guilty, with Romney returning to the Republican fold.

"The Senate, having tried Donald John Trump, president of the United States, upon two articles of impeachment exhibited against him by the House of Representatives, and two-thirds of the senators present not having found him guilty of the charges contained therein, it is therefore ordered and adjudged that the said Donald John Trump be, and he is hereby, acquitted of the charges in said articles," Chief Justice John Roberts declared.

The Senate is now in recess until next week.

CNN reported that Romney was the first in his party to announce that he will vote to convict Trump.

Romney said Trump is “guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.” He said what the president did “was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security, and our fundamental values."

He added, "Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that I can imagine.”

"My vote will likely be in the minority in the Senate, but irrespective of these things, with my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability believing that my country expected it of me," Romney said.

This final impeachment vote concluded nearly five months of an inquiry and trial launched by Pelosi's House.

Proceedings were initiated after a whistleblower complaint was brought forth regarding a conversation Trump held with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy back in July. According to the complaint, Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election.

According to a 1999 report from CNN, not one Democratic senator voted to convict former President Bill Clinton. Clinton was impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Trump joins Clinton and President Andrew Johnson as the only presidents in United States history to face a Senate impeachment trial.

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