The Senate failed to convict President Trump on the second article of impeachment approved by the House. Article II charged Trump with having unlawfully obstructed Congress by directing executive branch officials and agencies to not comply with subpoenas for witnesses and documents submitted by the House in its impeachment inquiry.
Doug Jones, D-Ala., said: "The president's actions demonstrate a belief that he is above the law, that Congress has no power whatsoever in questioning or examining his actions, and that all who do so, do so at their peril. That belief, unprecedented in the history of this country, simply must not be permitted to stand. To do otherwise risks guaranteeing that no future whistle-blower or witness will ever come forward, and no future president, Republican or Democrat, will be subject to congressional oversight as mandated by the Constitution even when the president has so clearly abused his office and violated the public trust."
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said: "The U.S. Senate was made for moments like this. The framers predicted that factional fever might dominate House majorities from time to time. They knew the country would need a firewall to keep partisan flames from scorching our republic. So they created the Senate -- out of "necessity," James Madison wrote, "of some stable institution in the government." Today, we will fulfill this founding purpose. We will reject this incoherent case that comes nowhere near -- nowhere near -- justifying the first presidential removal in history."
A yes vote was in favor of removing the president from office.
Roll Call #34; 02/05/2020