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Trump hammers Manchin over impeachment vote

Trump hammers Manchin over impeachment vote
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE slammed Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  Susan Collins and the American legacy Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE Friday over his vote to convict in the Senate’s impeachment trial, saying the West Virginia Democrat was a “puppet” for the Democratic Party.

“I was very surprised & disappointed that Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted against me on the Democrat’s totally partisan Impeachment Hoax. No President has done more for the great people of West Virginia than me (Pensions), and that will always continue,” Trump tweeted.

“[Sen. Capito] was all in (a great person),” he added, referring to Republican Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoGOP power shift emerges with Trump, McConnell Bill to expand support for community addiction treatment passes House Hillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference MORE (W.Va.). “I was told by many that Manchin was just a puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. That’s all he is!” 

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Manchin, a red-state Democrat who narrowly won reelection in 2018, was widely considered a swing vote on impeachment heading into Wednesday’s vote. He announced just before the vote began that he would back convicting Trump on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress regarding the president's dealings with Ukraine. 

“The charges brought against President Trump are serious and carry grave consequences for our nation,” Manchin said in a statement explaining his vote. “The evidence presented by the House Managers, including video testimony of witnesses under oath in the House of Representatives, clearly supports the charges brought against the President in the articles of impeachment."

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“I take no pleasure in these votes, and am saddened this is the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren,” he added. “I have always wanted this President, and every President to succeed, but I deeply love our country and must do what I think is best for the nation.”

Manchin was a top target for Trump in the 2018 midterm cycle, with the president campaigning heavily against the West Virginia Democrat in a state Trump won more than 40 points in 2016.

In his tweet, Trump also went after Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds Will anyone from the left realize why Trump won — again? Ratings drop to 55M for final Trump-Biden debate MORE (Utah), who was the only Republican to break party lines by voting to convict on the abuse of power charge.

“Every Republican Senator except Romney, many highly religious people, all very smart, voted against the Impeachment Hoax,” Trump tweeted.

Trump has repeatedly hammered Romney, with whom he’s had a rocky relationship, over the vote in recent days. However, the president has also touted Wednesday’s votes to acquit him on both articles.

Brett Samuels contributed.