Langevin Statement on Senate’s Acquittal of Trump Following Second Impeachment

Feb 13, 2021

Warwick, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s acquittal of former President Donald J. Trump after he was impeached by the House of Representatives for incitement of insurrection:

“The House impeachment managers presented a clear and compelling case to convict former President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors by inciting an insurrection against the United States government. It is deeply unfortunate that Senate Republicans chose to ignore the evidence and look the other way.

“With today’s acquittal of Trump, Senate Republicans have made clear to the American people that they have a higher regard for their political party than the rule of law. Trump convened a mob, riled them up with baseless allegations, sent them to the Capitol to “fight,” and watched the mayhem that unfolded without lifting a finger to help our democracy. Failing to hold him accountable today only invites more egregious behavior from him and others.

“After stoking the flames of insurrection and putting the lives of Vice President Pence, members of Congress, Congressional staff, and law enforcement directly in the crosshairs of the mob, Trump failed to condemn the violence. Even more, the chilling videos presented by the House impeachment managers demonstrated that what unfolded could have been much worse. While he was given a pass today, history will long remember his actions and the resulting terror that will haunt many for the rest of their lives.

“January 6, 2021, was a terrible day for our nation. Today, Senators had the opportunity to begin our national healing with the essential first step: accountability. I want to commend the impeachment managers, notably lead manager Congressman Jamie Raskin and Rhode Island’s very own Congressman David Cicilline, for their stellar presentation to hold Trump accountable. They presented a powerful case with convincing evidence, yet my Republican colleagues chose to disregard it. And I fear the crack they have caused in the foundation of our democracy will remain long after we have replaced the shattered glass at the U.S. Capitol.”