It was never in doubt. President Donald Trump was going to be acquitted on both articles of impeachment. But many are feeling stunned today – not because he will “get off” – but because of the craven disregard by Sen. Lamar Alexander, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the entire GOP caucus for a fair trial. Not calling witnesses – actually blocking witnesses – will come back to hurt them.
But what happens next?
Riding what he will say is a victory for the U.S., Trump will be interviewed during Sunday’s Super Bowl. He will declare well before that, and repeatedly after, that he has been exonerated (he will not have been.)
On Tuesday, Trump will deliver his State of the Union address. He will again declare victory and exoneration, however false.
Legal and political experts and activists have some predictions about what else is about to happen and it’s not pretty. They’re also offering suggestions on what Democrats should do as soon as the trial is over, which likely will be Friday afternoon.
Take a look:
Former federal prosecutor, CNN Legal Analyst:
As I wrote before the impeachment trial began, Congress must continue to investigate Trump’s Ukraine scheme because… https://t.co/lnBgXcHlXq— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1580477354.0
Activist and artist:
If Dems go back to cutting deals w/ this admin, attending the State of Union & going thru all the motions of normal… https://t.co/hxh05z9zjD— Bree Newsome Bass (@Bree Newsome Bass)1580448382.0
I’m going to keep saying this many different ways. The Nov election will at best be an opportunity for us to mass m… https://t.co/YTAG6RM3q6— Bree Newsome Bass (@Bree Newsome Bass)1580449854.0
Editor in Chief of Lawfare and NBC/MSNBC law analyst:
I have a suggestion for @RepAdamSchiff: Within five minutes of the Senate acquittal vote, in his capacity as House… https://t.co/49ym0liXax— Benjamin Wittes (@Benjamin Wittes)1580478617.0
Editor in Chief, Crooked Media:
It will be key for Dems to subpoena Bolton immediately, get him in front of a hearing as soon as possible, while th… https://t.co/tR7cgh49x7— Brian Beutler (@Brian Beutler)1580480156.0
Law professor, former US Attorney, MSNBC contributor:
What comes next? Expect massive efforts to keep Democrats from voting or prevent their votes from counting. The foc… https://t.co/X1Yju6zgw2— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1580474256.0
National security lawyer:
I hope the next Democrat in the Oval Office on Day One starts demanding foreign governments investigate every singl… https://t.co/kPPDO9JAX1— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss)1580064438.0
Professor of international relations, political scientist, journalist, CEO:
They must be defeated and the damage done must be reversed...and then we must take steps to ensure it can never be… https://t.co/R7PRvymrc5— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1580399082.0
Law professor at UC Berkeley Law:
If history is any guide, Trump will react to his acquittal later today by advancing a new corrupt scheme to abuse h… https://t.co/YEC3vykItV— Orin Kerr (@Orin Kerr)1580463158.0
Lawyer and researcher:
Here’s how you make Alexander and all the rest of them pay dearly: if they want to acquit on the basis that Ukraine… https://t.co/2KGnh0C4zL— Will Stancil (@Will Stancil)1580443841.0
GOP media strategist and Never-Trumper:
The minute Trump is exonerated in Senate, the White House and the Justice Department are going to come down on John… https://t.co/46hGMvw7qo— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1580443902.0
Clinton 2016 campaign press secretary:
Mitch wants us to be mad at Lamar. Instead, be mad at McSally, Tillis, Ernst, and Gardner, who are from purple sta… https://t.co/EjCpWbuUdm— Brian Fallon (@Brian Fallon)1580468553.0
Law and justice writer-in-residence at Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute:
With or without John Bolton, there will be more Freedom of Information Act disclosures. More leaks. More evidence o… https://t.co/W3akpiCO5z— Cristian Farias (@Cristian Farias)1580446266.0
Final thought, conservative Bill Kristol:
Maybe it’s just as well the Senate didn’t save us, and we will have to depend on ourselves to do so in November. “W… https://t.co/S4Q77z5BDP— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol)1580445859.0