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Kentucky lawmakers react to President Trump’s Senate acquittal

Mitch McConnell
Rand Paul
Posted at 6:59 AM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 06:59:17-05

(LEX 18) — After President Donald Trump's acquittal, Kentucky politicians have come out divided. While the president's supporters say this was the end of a "charade," others say the outcome was a cover-up.

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth said with their votes, Senate Republicans made it official that they prefer a "dictator over our democracy.”

State Representative Charles Booker, who is hoping to challenge Mitch McConnell in the upcoming senate race, said the final result fell on the Senate Majority Leader, who Booker claims showed his bias from the beginning of the impeachment. He said McConnell “did a disservice to all Americans by making a mockery of our democracy for the whole world to watch.”

Sen.. Rand Paul flipped it around though and said the Democrats have been determined to impeach the president since he took office. He said the push for impeachment was an abuse of power by the U.S. House.

Congressman James Comer said the acquittal was the end of the Democrats’ effort to remove the president from office based on personal feelings and they "cooked up" the two articles of impeachment to accomplish their goal.

McConnell shared a similar view.

"My suspicion was that it wasn’t so much about President Trump, but rather about taking the Senate. My counterpart, Senator Schumer, finally in the last few weeks pretty much admitted it to all of you that that’s what this was all about. It was about taking the Senate and about trying to bog us down in this and to try to get my guys to have a lot of tough votes,” said McConnell.

President Trump tweeted that he will make a public statement about the impeachment Thursday at noon.