Transcript for Former President Donald Trump acquitted in 2nd impeachment trial
A new ABC news if -- poll shows that a majority of Americans 58% say that former president trump should have been convicted but that breaks down along party lines. Well 88% of Democrats and 64% of independents say trump should have been convicted only 14% of Republicans agree. ABC news political director Rick Klein joins us now for more Rick what's is out to most from the trial and those poll numbers. Diane ended the poll number can pull over confirms that Americans heard the evidence and it confirmed what they thought going into this trial president strong. 58% is a large number by any historical comparison even comparing the president trumps last trial and what's remarkable to me Diana is how consistent he's numbers actually are with the senate results 57 senators voted to convict president trump 50% of Americans think that was appropriate. And even in the Republican Party seven senators added fifty that's 14% the exact number that our poll shows Republicans saying that president come deserve to be convicted. Rick one of the key moments in this trial was when the senate voted and gave house managers to powered a call for witnesses. But ultimately the senate decided not to. But it went into that decision. Yeah it was extraordinary turn of events Terry I'm told that. That the senate Democrats were caught unaware as would be the attempt by house managers are members of their own party to push for witnesses yes they have the votes. But it didn't know what to do once they had them and then came the threat from Republicans and the Trump's side to call as many as a hundred witnesses not that never would have happened but it does highlight. The peril of the of calling witnesses first of all you're not sure exactly what they're gonna say and secondly and more importantly he would have to prolong the trial at least through this week maybe a lot longer. Meanwhile delaying the Biden agenda without potentially moving any votes at that point we already knew the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was a no vote. It's unlikely that it had more votes would have been switched in fact there were some senate Democrats saying if you let this go on so long we may lose the votes we already had so it at trial ends with a lot of unanswered questions because of that that's strange and stage there on Saturday so Rick now that the trial is over what's next for president Biden and his agenda. Well he gets on the move you'll be out in the country for the first time as president. Through the midwest including Wisconsin starting tomorrow he's trying to sell that called it relief package he knows. That time is ticking down on any chance of a bipartisan package and look this is where he gets his presidency back. It's presidents' day and it's a gift to Joseph Biden that he doesn't have to worry about the trump impeachment of course the Republicans are still in a good degree of this of disarray around the future of their party but right now. President Biden gets a push on what he knows is the number one agenda item for him Colbert nineteen relief and he knows there's urgency now in trying to get something done. And Rick out looking ahead right now there was some. Talk around the trial that there's no way president trump could ever. I successfully run for office again but I can't think of another Republican who has his name recognition his power to raise money can generate the crowd's enthusiasm. What do you think is next for him his family in the party. Well as you say Terry in the biggest substances take away from his acquittal is that he can run again now I don't think that's likely. But I do think it's very likely that he'll talk about it for quite some time. In addition to marshalling his political forces to exact. Full of retribution. Against senators and congressman who. Voted for his conviction of the mega movement remains very strong aids may even have consequences in the North Carolina senate race where the retiring senator there Richard Burr voted to convict senator Lindsey Graham from neighboring South Carolina says that makes a Lara trump. The president's daughter in law the prohibitive front runner in the race to replace and so there could still be trumps running in 222 and beyond. And and I am I'm of the mind that we may not have seen the last of Donald Trump senior. Rick Klein in Washington having no question about that.
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