USA Today reports that President Donald Trump attacked the impeachment effort against him as “evil” and “corrupt,” and the work of “dirty cops” during remarks at the White House on Thursday, the day after he was acquitted by the Senate. “We’ve all been through a lot together,” he said, lumping in the impeachment process with other investigations, including the probe into Russia’s election interference by former special counsel Robert Mueller. “And it never really stopped. We’ve been going through this now for over three years. It was evil, it was corrupt, it was dirty cops, it was leakers and liars and this should never ever happen to another president,” he said. President Donald Trump appeared poised to unload on Democrats in remarks about his impeachment Thursday, a day after the Senate voted to acquit him on charges that he abused his power and obstructed the investigation into his dealings with Ukraine.
During impeachment, opinion polls showed little impact on Trump, suggesting he weathered the crisis, if not benefited from it. Earlier this week, a Gallup poll put Trump’s popularity at 49%, his highest mark since taking office, while others showed his approval rating roughly the same as before impeachment. Impacts from the impeachment notoriety may help President Trump along the campaign trail, if he continues to tout the idea that the Democrats are dishonest, through the much publicized and continued criticism they have given him since he started his presidency. Legally, since Trump has been acquitted, he can run for a second term as president.
What happens now for the President of the United States?
President Donald Trump faces dozens of investigations into his administration, his family and his businesses that could be resolved before the 2020 election. Three cases will be argued before the Supreme Court on March 31 focusing on Trump’s contention that a House of Representatives committee and a New York City prosecutor are powerless to enforce subpoenas to obtain his financial records. Lawyers for Trump argued that sitting presidents are immune from all criminal investigations under the Constitution and that even if he shot someone on New York’s Fifth Avenue prosecutors would be powerless to act while he was still in office. In addition, earlier this week, amid the impeachment trial, news broke that the attorney general of Washington, D.C. was suing Trump’s inaugural committee over abusing nonprofit funds. The lawsuit alleges that the committee coordinated with the Trump family to “grossly overpay” for event space at the Trump International Hotel during the president’s 2017 inauguration. According to Attorney General Karl Racine, the committee wasted $1 million of charitable funds in over payment for the space. He also accused Trump and his daughter Ivanka of being aware of the misuse of funds.
A second impeachment.
After the impeachment acquittal, President Trump will be serving out the remainder of his term and can be impeached again if House committees uncover additional evidence that he committed impeachable offenses separate from those that he was already charged and tried for. Donald Trump’s legal team was quite instrumental in the outcome of the impeachment trial, proving that legal experts are necessary for litigation on constitutional, criminal and civil matters.