Rally protests impeachment trial process during acquittal vote

By Kendra Caruso | Feb 07, 2020
Photo by: Kendra Caruso Black smoke from a pickup truck settles in front of protesters at the corner of High and Main streets rallying Feb. 5 against the U.S. Senate's impeachment trial process.

Belfast — Veterans for Peace Jim Harney Chapter 003 organized a rally at the intersection of Main and High streets to protest the process of President Donald Trump's impeachment while the U.S. Senate was voting to acquit him.

Organization secretary Dana Williams said the Senate's impeachment trial did a disservice to the nation and the government because it did not allow witnesses to be called.

The Senate voted to acquit the president of both impeachment charges; on the first by a vote of 48-52, with Utah Sen. Mitt Romney the only Republican to vote in favor of convicting Trump of abuse of power; and on the second, obstruction of Congress, by 47-53, in a straight party-line vote.

Every Democrat voted to convict the president, but they fell short of the minimum 67 votes required.

Both Maine senators, Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King, supported calling witnesses in the trial, but only King voted to convict Trump.

Before casting her acquittal vote, Collins told CBS News Feb. 4 that she thought Trump had learned from the case. She backed away from the comment the next day when speaking on Fox News, calling her earlier statement "aspirational."

The abuse of power charge stems from Trump's attempt to pressure Ukraine officials into opening investigations into former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a company where Hunter Biden previously worked. The president was accused of planning to use the announcement of the investigations to sway the 2020 election.

He was charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the Ukraine claims when he withheld documents and forbade witnesses from testifying in front of representatives.

Williams said he hopes that the president's actions are a wake-up call to people that the government is not protecting its citizens from politicians who violate the Constitution and their oath of office.

He said the Senate trial outcome is a message to Trump that there are few consequences for his actions.

Protesters gather at the corner of Main and High streets Feb. 5 to protest the U.S. Senate's decision not to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Protesters greet honking cars Feb. 5 on the corner of High and Main streets as they rally against the U.S. Senate's failure to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
People gather on the corner of High and Main streets Feb. 5 to protest the lack of witnesses in the president's impeachment trial. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
(Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
(Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
(Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
(Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
(Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
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