Former President Donald Trump issued his first public statement since the U.S. Senate acquitted him of a single impeachment charge on Saturday.
"My deepest thanks ... to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country."
The U.S. Senate voted 57-43 on the charge that Trump incited a riot on January 6. Every Democrat senator and seven Republican senators voted in favor of convicting the former president. The remaining 43 Republican senators voted against the charges.
"It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree."
I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorable debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.
This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago."