House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the decision to acquit President Trump on the two articles of impeachment an act of "lawlessness" orchestrated by Sen. Mitch McConnell, a "rogue leader in the Senate who would cowardly abandon his duty to uphold the Constitution."
Pelosi released the statement this afternoon after Trump was acquitted of both abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
“President Trump was impeached with the support of a majority of the American people – a first in our nation’s history. And now he is the first President in history to face a bipartisan vote to convict him in the Senate. A full 75% of Americans and many members of the GOP Senate believe the President’s behavior is wrong. But the Senate chose instead to ignore the facts, the will of the American people and their duty to the Constitution," Pelosi said.
Pelosi added: "The President will boast that he has been acquitted. There can be no acquittal without a trial, and there is no trial without witnesses, documents and evidence. By suppressing the evidence and rejecting the most basic elements of a fair judicial process, the Republican Senate made themselves willing accomplices to the President’s cover-up."