Trump to make statement on impeachment 'victory' on Thursday

Trump to make statement on impeachment 'victory' on Thursday
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The White House on Wednesday declared President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE had received “full vindication and exoneration” from a “sham impeachment” after the Senate voted to acquit him on charges he abused his power and obstructed Congress.

Trump tweeted that he will give a speech from the White House on Thursday in what promises to serve as a victory lap following a roughly four month process that he regularly decried as a “hoax” and a “witch hunt.”

"I will be making a public statement tomorrow at 12:00pm from the @WhiteHouse to discuss our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!" Trump tweeted shortly after his acquittal in the Senate.

Trump's remarks will be highly anticipated as it will likely mark the first time he publicly addresses the impeachment trial since its conclusion.

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His tone is likely to be jovial, and White House aides have hinted in recent days that he would plan to declare vindication in the aftermath of the Senate trial despite being just one of three U.S. presidents to be impeached.

The GOP-controlled Senate on Wednesday acquitted Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. On the first article, 52 senators voted to acquit and 48 senators voted to convict. On obstruction, 53 senators voted to acquit and 47 voted to convict.

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyStimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility CNN chyron says 'nah' to Trump claim about Russia Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock MORE (R-Utah) was the lone Republican to vote to convict Trump on either charge, siding with Democrats on the abuse of power charge but voting to acquit on obstruction.

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Every Senate Democrat and independent voted to convict Trump on both charges.

The president's allies responded to the verdict by declaring he was "forever acquitted," a jab at Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' White House not optimistic on near-term stimulus deal Sunday shows - Stimulus debate dominates MORE's (D-Calif.) past statements that Trump would be impeached "forever" regardless of his fate in the Senate.

Press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump posts video of herself wearing mask during stop at women's center Melania Trump's spokeswoman slams 'inappropriate and insensitive comments' about Barron Trump Melania Trump is 'behind-the-scenes' but 'unbelievably influential': book MORE dismissed the significance of the votes to convict, saying they came from “only the President’s political opponents – all Democrats, and one failed Republican presidential candidate,” taking a swipe at Romney without explicitly naming him. 

“As we have said all along, he is not guilty,” Grisham said of Trump. “The President is pleased to put this latest chapter of shameful behavior by the Democrats in the past, and looks forward to continuing his work on behalf of the American people in 2020 and beyond.” 

She also took aim at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats exit briefing saying they fear elections under foreign threat Nunes declines to answer if he received information from Ukraine lawmaker meant to damage Biden Hillicon Valley: House panel grills tech CEOs during much anticipated antitrust hearing | TikTok to make code public as it pushes back against 'misinformation' | House Intel panel expands access to foreign disinformation evidence MORE (D-Calif.), citing his exaggerated account of Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president during a September hearing.

“Will there be no retribution?” Grisham said.

Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign manager Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE also dismissed impeachment as a political effort, calling it a “transparent effort to interfere with the 2020 election only nine months away.”

The Democratic-led House impeached Trump in December after alleging he withheld security aid and a White House meeting from Ukraine to pressure the country to announce investigations into his political rivals, chiefly Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE.

A handful of Republican senators have in recent days described Trump’s conduct as inappropriate but argued it did not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. 

Trump has been unapologetic about his conduct since the House proceedings first began in September. He has repeatedly insisted the July 25 call in which he urged the Ukrainian president to look into the Bidens was "perfect" and derided the entire impeachment process as a "hoax."

Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson Clinton2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Pelosi: Trump trying 'to suppress the vote' with attacks on mail-in ballots MORE, the last president to be impeached, gave a brief Rose Garden statement after his Senate acquittal in 1999 in which he said he was"profoundly sorry" for his actions.

Updated Feb. 5, 5:25 p.m.