Ted Cruz: 'Partisan Impeachment We've Seen Is Over'

Posted: Jan 18, 2020 10:40 AM
Ted Cruz: 'Partisan Impeachment We've Seen Is Over'

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Sen. Ted Cruz (D-TX) tweeted his thoughts about President Trump's Senate impeachment trial and how he see the trial playing out in the Senate. 

"I'm headed to the Senate floor," Cruz says in a video the senator tweeted out on Thursday. "The partisan impeachment we've seen is over." 

On Thursday, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the Democrat's lead impeachment manager kicked off the impeachment trial by formally reading two article of impeachment the House passed against the president last month, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in to preside over the Senate trial, and then all senators swore an oath to administer "impartial justice" and signed an oath book. 

"We will then proceed to have to a fair trial," Cruz said, "to respect due process, unlike the House, to give the president a full and fair opportunity to defend himself, and then we'll decide this issue based on the constitutional standards for impeachment, which is high crimes and misdemeanors. The House articles don't meet that standard. They don't allege any criminal conduct whatsoever, so at the end of this process, after a fair trial, the president will be acquitted and we will end this constitutional circus, this political farce that started in the House. This is the beginning of the end of the abuse of the Constitution."

The president retweeted Cruz's message and thanked the Texas senator for his "words of wisdom." 

The House is expected to present their case on Wednesday and Thursday this coming week, with the defense having Friday and Saturday to make their rebuttal.