Butterfield Statement on Senate Acquittal of Trump

Feb 5, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) made the following statement after the United States Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump of both Articles of Impeachment without hearing from witnesses or requesting documents:


“I was hopeful that Senators would evaluate all of the available evidence to determine the guilt or innocence of President Trump, said Congressman Butterfield.  “Republican Senators were unwilling to hear from a single witness or compel any documents to be presented during the Senate trial.  The trial was incomplete and it abruptly ended when Republican Senators concluded they didn’t want to know the truth.”

“The truth and the Constitution were on trial in the Senate.  Senators took a solemn oath to 'do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.'  That did not happen.  History will record that today’s vote of acquittal will severely damage future Congresses and prevent oversight of the Executive Branch.  The Nation’s Founders didn’t believe the President is above the law.  They didn’t believe that a President should be able to thumb his nose at the Congress of the United States.  They didn’t believe that a President should be able to blatantly refuse to answer serious charges of Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. With this acquittal, the Founders are disappointed and the majority of Americans who wanted a fair trial are disappointed.  The Constitution was dealt a severe blow from this highly partisan acquittal.”