Scott Statement on Senate Vote to Acquit Donald Trump

February 13, 2021
Press Release
57 Senators voted to find Trump guilty, but 67 votes were needed for conviction

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott issued the following statement after the United States Senate voted to acquit former President Donald J. Trump:

“While an insufficient number of Senate Republicans found Donald Trump guilty of inciting insurrection against democracy, seven Republicans joined all Democrats in a historic and bipartisan condemnation of Donald Trump’s conduct in the Senate trial.

“Donald Trump sowed doubt about the 2020 election results well before he lost. For months he baselessly attacked mail-in voting as fraudulent and refused numerous times to state that he would accept the results. Then, once he lost the election, he pursued over 60 frivolous and meritless lawsuits in the courts, which were all dismissed – some even by judges appointed by President Trump himself. Once his efforts to overturn the election results had totally failed in the courts, he tried to intimidate election officials in states to ‘find’ votes to overturn the will of the people. Then on January 6th, he incited a murderous mob to attack the U.S. Capitol to interrupt Congress’ constitutional duty to certify the votes of the Electoral College. During the siege, he ignored pleas from Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and remained cavalier about the danger facing members of Congress and Vice President Mike Pence. The impeachment managers presented overwhelming and undisputed evidence of Donald Trump’s guilt and culpability in inciting the January 6th insurrection.

“While he has been acquitted, again, Donald Trump was found guilty by a historic number of Senators from his own party. He will have the unique distinction in our nation’s history of losing the popular vote twice and being the only president to be impeached twice. This was a dark chapter in American history.”

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