Raskin: ‘I don’t regret’ impeachment, says Trump was convicted in court of public opinion


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“There is no way to reason with people who basically act like members of a religious cult and when they leave office they should be selling flowers at Dulles airport.” ”

That’s Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, the House’s top impeachment manager, who said Sunday he “has no regrets” about how the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump was handled, despite his acquittal. In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Raskin said the impeachment was a “dramatic success in historical terms.”

“We successfully prosecuted him and convicted him in the court of public opinion and the court of history,” he said. “You know, remember, these Republicans who voted for acquittal in the face of this mountain of unanswered evidence were going to find some reason to do so. So if we had charged negligence in the line of duty, they would have said, ‘That’s not a chargeable crime,’ ”Raskin said. “So you know what, we don’t regret it at all. We left it totally on the floor of the United States Senate, and every senator knew exactly what happened. On Saturday, 57 senators, including seven Republicans, voted to convict Trump, far short of the 67 needed for a conviction. Despite the acquittal, Trump could still face a federal investigation into the Jan.6 siege of the Capitol. He also faces many other legal investigations, including from prosecutors in Georgia for possible election rigging and in New York for his financial dealings. Meanwhile, there is growing support from lawmakers from both parties for an independent investigation into the insurrection, similar to the 9/11 commission.