Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten Reacts to Impeachment Vote

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Andrew Crook
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WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to acquit President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:

“What we witnessed today was the death of respect for a country that believes in the rule of law, not the rule of monarchs and despots.

“The majority of the U.S. Senate turned its back on what the people fought for in the American Revolution—the rule of law—and on the will of the American people who elected them to serve as a check and balance on executive power.

“This sham trial lacked the availability of evidence that a majority of voters wanted to hear, and its conclusion, without hearing from any additional witnesses or reviewing any additional documents, is a sad day for our democracy.

“The founders of this great republic hoped for better for America. Today, we recommit to building that future.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.