U.S. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized the Senate’s acquittal of President Donald Trump and said he remains “an ongoing threat to American democracy”.
US media reported, “Today, the President and Senate Republicans have normalized lawlessness and rejected the system of checks and balances of our Constitution,” Pelosi said in a statement issued after the Senate acquitted Trump of both impeachment articles passed by the House.
“The President remains an ongoing threat to American democracy, with his insistence that he is above the law and that he can corrupt the elections if he wants to,” Pelosi said.
Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer said Trump’s acquittal by the Senate was “virtually valueless” since Republicans refused witnesses at his impeachment trial.
“Now that Republicans have rejected a fair trial, truth is a giant asterisk next to the president’s acquittal,” Schumer told reporters.
“The asterisk says he was acquitted without facts. He was acquitted without a fair trial. And it means his acquittal is virtually valueless,” the senator from New York said.
“The White House may be cheering this as a win,” Schumer said, but “history will view this as a Pyrrhic victory for Senate Republicans, for the Republican Party and for President Trump.”
The Republican-majority Senate voted 52-48 to acquit Trump of abuse of power and 53-47 to acquit him of obstruction of Congress.