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Schumer: 'Giant asterisk' next to Trump's acquittal

Schumer: 'Giant asterisk' next to Trump's acquittal
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"Now that our Republican colleagues have rejected a fair trial — truth — there's a giant asterisk next to the president's acquittal. The asterisk says he was acquitted without facts. He was acquitted without a fair trial. And it means his acquittal is virtually valueless," Schumer told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. 
 
With 67 votes needed to convict Trump, the outcome of the Senate trial was all but guaranteed with Republicans holding a 53-seat majority. 
 
 
On Wednesday, Romney joined with every Democrat to try to convict Trump of abusing his power in his decision to delay the Ukraine aid but still fell short of the 67 votes needed. The second article, obstruction of Congress, was party line. 
 
"A lot of Republicans, Leader McConnell, failed that test, failed to live up to what this country is all about, failed to live up to the truth," Schumer said. "We made the fight for truth ... and it created a bipartisan impeachment. That can never be erased from history. Never."  
 
Trump's acquittal was the latest in a series of victories for the president this week: Democrats have been ensnared in a days-long imbroglio over the Iowa caucus results, Trump delivered his State of the Union on Tuesday night and a Gallup survey released this week found his approval rating at a personal high of 49 percent. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal McConnell: 'Good chance' of deal with Biden on infrastructure MORE (R-Ky.) pointed to the Gallup survey as he declared victory on Wednesday, calling an impeachment a "colossal political mistake" for Democrats. 
 
But Schumer brushed off the poll results on Wednesday, saying that is "not what motivated us here" and noting that "poll numbers go up and down."

"I believe the American people will realize that this was one of the largest cover-ups in the history of our nation. ... Make no mistake, the drip drip drip of evidence is going to keep coming out," he added.
 
 
Bolton is also poised to release a memoir next month, in which he will claim, according to The New York Times, that Trump tied Ukraine aid to the country helping investigate Democrats, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE and his son Hunter Biden.