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Wyden, Merkley vote for President Trump’s removal from office

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Rep. Greg Walden also issues statement after Senate acquittal

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- Oregon's two U.S. senators issued statements after their vote Wednesday in support of President Trump's removal from office, after the Senate acquitted him on a largely party-line vote.

First, Senator Wyden's statement:

“Today I voted to remove Donald Trump, for his abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. His whole defense amounted to a fiction. The president was not fighting corruption in Ukraine, he was causing it.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump misused his office to extort a foreign nation to drum up sham investigations of his political rival.

“Donald Trump has declared himself above the law, and Republican senators have voted to let him run wild, no matter the cost to our nation. They are now on the record saying politicians can get away with selling out American interests to rig an election. There is no check on politicians willing to fracture alliances, fabricate investigations and amplify foreign propaganda if it serves their political or financial interests. I hope our democracy is strong enough to survive this shameful result,” Wyden said.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore, released the following statement after the impeachment trial concluded:

“Today, is a dark, tragic day for our nation. Today, the United Stated Senate completed the first cover up in this institution’s more than two hundred year history when the majority of my colleagues voted not to convict and remove Donald J. Trump from office.

“As many of my Republican colleagues have admitted in recent days, the House Managers proved their case that President Trump used our country’s vast power in an attempt to smear a political opponent and corrupt the integrity of our upcoming national election. These acts are not merely ‘inappropriate,’ like lying to the public, shunning our allies, or pressing foreign governments to patronize your properties.  No, what President Trump did was to direct a corrupt conspiracy that comprised a fundamental assault on our Constitution.

“It fell to the Senate to hold the president accountable by holding a full and fair trial to uncover the truth, and then rendering impartial justice.  Instead, the Senate proved itself neither ‘sufficiently dignified, or sufficiently independent,’ in the words of Alexander Hamilton.  Instead, the Senate majority engaged in a cover-up.  No witnesses, no documents, no full and fair trial.  And so no exoneration.

“Today’s vote, and the Senate’s abdication of its responsibility to rein in an out-of-control President is a devastating blow to the norms and institutions, and the checks and balances that have laid at the heart of our Constitution and American democracy since its very founding. Yet we must remember that this outcome does not come in a vacuum. It’s just the latest in a long list of examples of our government being systematically rigged by one party for the benefit of the powerful and privileged.

"Decisions in the Supreme Court like Citizens United, and Shelby County, and Rucho vs. Common Cause have repeatedly given more power to the powerful, and trampled government of, by and for the people. And efforts like stealing a Supreme Court seat and refusing to allow amendments to legislation have only served to erode the Senate’s constitutional powers and authority.

“The Senate majority’s refusal to hold a full and fair trial, its blessing to the president to use the powers of the government to attack his political opponents, and its decision to cover it all up are a blow to the heart of the separation of powers. They are a blow to the very idea that We the People are in charge.

“Government of the people, by the people, and for the people is not a birthright.  It is a precious gift bequeathed to us by those who came before us. It will take the goodwill and good faith of the American people to maintain it. I believe in our constitution, I believe in checks and balances, I believe in We the People.  If we are going to leave future generations of Americans the same gift we received, all of us are going to have to fight like hell to restore and defend it.”

Merkley also announced that he will be introducing legislation next week that would require the Senate to consider evidence and hear from witnesses in future impeachment trials.

“A trial without witnesses and documents is not a fair and full trial – it’s a cover-up. Whether information from relevant witnesses and documents should be considered in the course of a trial should never be a partisan question. That’s why, following the conclusion of this trial, I will be introducing legislation that would ensure the right of both sides to call relevant witnesses and introduce relevant evidence in any future impeachment trial. By voting down documents and witnesses, the Senate has failed to conduct a full and fair trial, and has set a dangerous precedent. This must never happen again.

“Impeachment is a key tool that goes to the heart of our constitutional system of checks and balances. The Senate must never fail its constitutional responsibility in this manner again,” Merkley said.

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., released the following statement after the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump:

“In December, I opposed both the House vote to impeach President Trump and the vote to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. I felt that the justifiably high standards for overturning the outcome of an election had not been met. Nullifying the vote of the American people demands two things: a bipartisan and fair process to determine wrongdoing, and a criminal offense worthy of overturning the outcome of the voters’ will. Neither of which has occurred.

“If facts matter, and I believe they do, then the House impeachment managers failed to prove the existence of any criminal offense. Overturning the outcome of a presidential election is a big deal and should not be undertaken to settle a partisan political grudge.  The House managers failed to make their case. 

"In the end, this partisan exercise only failed the American people and many important issues have been on hold during this process. It is long past time for Congress to get back to the work of the American people, like lowering prescription drug prices, solving surprise medical billing, continuing the fight against the opioid epidemic, and improving forest management policies to address catastrophic wildfires.  It is time to move on.”    


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23 Comments

  1. Wyden-

    “There is no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump misused his office to extort a foreign nation to drum up sham investigations of his political rival.”

    I’m pretty sure there’s a lot going on in that mind- but I can’t help but wonder that if Wyden is so upset about a political figure using his position for political gain- then how exactly does he justify Joe Biden demanding that the Ukraine halt an investigation into Burisma- fire the inspector- all before he will give them hundreds of millions of dollars in US money ? This is the pure definition of extortion for political and personal gain- as we all know now- even Wyden- that Joe’s boy Hunter Biden is on the board of directors at Burisma. So when will Wyden ask Biden to remove himself from the race- one that he can’t win- or face immediate impeachment if he ever did… another no-brainer that has the likes of NY elitist Ron Wyden confused.

    1. The so called extortion is exactly what Obama and Biden were guilty of,
      and Biden is such a moron that he publicly bragged about it. If the Dems
      would have had proof like that against Trump, which they don’t, and that’s
      why they kept trying to distort the facts, they would have been successful…
      It’s just another example of the liberal hypocrisy. There is a reason that
      loud mouth Joe has gotten very quiet recently.

  2. In commemoration of yet another Democrat defeat the final stanza of Casey At Bat follows:
    Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,/
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;/
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,/
    But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.

  3. There’s a shocker.

    And KTVZ!!! Why should we take anything you post from CNN seriously. You can’t even headline with the correct “Articles of Impeachment!!!” And to top off you have closed the comment section to even allow people pointing out the lie that is the headline. Trump was not impeached for “obstruction of justice.” If it was anything other than the propagandists at CNN I would just say it was a simple mistake but not when “the most trusted name in news” flat out lies.

    1. The impeachment of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, occurred on December 18, 2019, when the House of Representatives approved articles of impeachment on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress….Does that make it better for you?

      1. You mean reporting facts??? YES. That makes it better. CNN lied. KTVZ reported the lies. AND as of 9:30 PM KTVZ finally pulled their CNN LIES of a headline because they are liars and they got called out for lying.

    2. The station is having a tantrum from hell. I bet half of ’em are sitting behind some big potted plant in the corner, blowing spit bubbles, in hysterics wringing their hands

      1. Well to be fair I met Barney darn near 25 years ago while I was fly fishing fishing down by the “Old Mill” (formerly known as the “Mill”) but he’s never pretended to be objective. He’s always had his liberal spin so I respect him for that. I don’t know why he tied his horse to the CNN bandwagon. It’s embarrassing. As for the younger KTVZ journalists??? Well, we know what public education is now.

        1. Man to man I’m sure Barney is a heck of a guy, but like you said about tying up to the cnn wagon….I don’t get it. I seriously don’t. Pisses me off that folks take grants and student loans for a degree in journalism, and this is what we get. NOBODY questions things anymore, and if they do, they are targeted as lunatics and alternative news, to be looked down upon as fake

  4. I have totally lost respect for the senators from Oregon. Maybe they should be gone? Only one paragraph in either statement rings true to me… the time to get back to things that matter. Do your jobs and quit trying to recount the 2016 election. Just wait for 2020!

  5. Maybe some of you would feel better if you just got your news from FOX. This information might be hard for some to understand. They will tell you what to think so it’s not so confusing for you.

    1. WELL HEY!!! If you can get facts from any other source than CNN / KTVZ which flat out lied about the articles of impeachment, which KTVZ happily posted, then YES, I would feel better about it.

    2. Actually millions of Americans do ! They feel much better about getting factual- data supported news from FOX than the nilly-willy opinion garbage being spewed by CNN and repeated here. Not really hard to understand- the recent Impeachment hearings gave all Americans another lesson in fact over hysterics. The US President was acquitted of all charges because there was no proven crime- no felony- just false and fake accusations against a highly successful and popular President- the data don’t lie ! Approval ratings higher than Obama- successful minority owned businesses that are thriving- terrorists being eliminated from the battle fields- wages surging- stock markets at record levels- the return of manufacturing- America leading the globe in energy production… hard core data that Americans nationwide wanna hear- at least that’s what the cable news ratings tell us- that FOX is number one for the third decade running- and CNN is struggling to stay afloat. Aside from that- I hope you get well soon- being in the hospital and all.

    1. They promise free stuff paid for by the people who pay for it. Oregon is lost. There are more takers than taxpayers now. Leave. I did. Feb 12th. My last day doing business here. And GOD it feels good. Nice to move to a state that welcomes business.

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