For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Shin Inouye, inouye@civilrights.org, 202.869.0398

Senate Covers Up Trump’s Misconduct, Placing the President Above the Law

WASHINGTON - Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s votes to acquit President Trump following his impeachment by the House of Representatives:  

“Every senator has sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. But today, they failed to honor that solemn duty. President Trump betrayed our democracy when he demanded foreign interference in our elections and obstructed Congress. The Senate has enabled his corruption — and there is no acquittal when there has been a cover up. There is only a cover up.

“It is a shameful day for our country when those in power face no consequences for violating the Constitution. We must now recommit ourselves to elections that are truly fair and free, and to protecting voting rights. Despite the president’s assaults on our government, we cannot — and will not — give up on our democracy.”

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

The Leadership Conference is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in legislative advocacy.  It was founded in 1950 and has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.

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