U.S. Rep. Bill Foster denounced the Senate’s vote to acquit President Donald Trump on two impeachment charges on Wednesday.
Foster, D-Naperville, criticized Republicans for what he described as a “sham acquittal vote” because the Senate voted not to hear witnesses.
There were nearly all partisan votes on both charges the House of Representatives passed last year. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was the only member of the president’s party to vote to convict.
“With this vote, the complicity of congressional Republicans in President Trump’s corruption, abuse of power, and undermining of our Constitution is complete,” Foster said in the statement. “(Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans placed protecting the President above their duty to uphold the Constitution and to do impartial justice.”
Foster reiterated that he thought House Democrats’ vote to impeach Trump was justified.
“The House of Representatives was right to impeach President Trump and hold him accountable for his actions,” he said in the statement. “We will continue to uphold our constitutional responsibility to perform oversight of this historically corrupt President.”
The congressman also emphasized that Trump was only the third president in American history to ever have been impeached after Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
“History will forever mark President Trump as an impeached president and because of the failure of the Senate to hold a fair trial, he will never be vindicated,” Foster added.