Lead House Impeachment Manager, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin believes President Donald Trump’s second impeachment was a “dramatic success” despite the failure to convict.
Raskin told NBC’s Chuck Todd that he felt the trial had been a success because it was the most bipartisan impeachment in history. It ended in failure 57-43. It required a two thirds majority to convict.
Todd asked Raskin whether he viewed the trial as a success or a failure. “You got seven Republicans to convict,” he said.
“Well, I think it was a dramatic success in historical terms,” Raskin replied. “It was by far the most bipartisan majority that’s ever assembled in the Senate to convict a president, which has traditionally been a kind of partisan thing in American history.”
He referenced that seven Senate Republicans voted to convict, saying it was “by far the most bipartisan decision and a complete repudiation of the president’s conduct.”
“Now, unfortunately, it didn’t reach the two-thirds majority in the Senate,” Raskin continued, but viewed the prosecution as a success.
“I think we successfully prosecuted him and convicted him in the court of public opinion and in the court of history. He’s obviously a major political problem for the Republican Party. As long as he’s out there attempting to wage war on American constitutional democracy, he’s a problem for all of us,” Raskin went on.
Raskin finished the interview by suggesting that the only reason the conviction hadn’t reached the necessary two-thirds majority was due to loyalty to Trump “in a really cultish and dangerous way.”
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