One and done senator?
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) announced he will vote to convict and remove President Donald Trump from office later today.
Experts have said that Jones is the most vulnerable Democrat up for re-election this fall.
“In keeping with my oath as senator and my oath to do impartial justice, I resolved that throughout this process I would keep an open mind to consider the evidence…I believe that my votes later today will reflect that commitment.” —@DougJones pic.twitter.com/O7UDyj2if9
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) February 5, 2020
"I fear that moral courage, country before party, is a rare commodity these days.”
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) February 5, 2020
Jones published his speech on his website before he spoke on the Senate floor. He said he spent “many sleepless nights” thinking about the trial, but “concluded that the evidence is sufficient to convict the President for both abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.”
“Senators are elected to make tough choices. We are required to study the facts of each issue before us and exercise our independent judgment in keeping with the oaths we take. The gravity of this moment, the seriousness of the charges, and the implications for future presidencies and Congresses all contributed to the difficulty with which I have arrived at my decision.
“This has been a divisive time for our country, but I think it has nonetheless been an important constitutional process for us to follow. As this chapter of history draws to a close, one thing is clear: our country deserves better than this. We must find a way to come together, to set aside partisan differences, and to focus on what we have in common as Americans. We are facing great challenges both domestically and internationally, but it remains my firm belief that united, we can conquer them and remain the greatest hope for people around the world.”
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