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Rally to protest Trump acquittal planned for Wednesday in DeKalb

DeKALB – A group of area residents are planning a Wednesday night rally to protest what they say is a Senate cover up in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

The rally marks the second this year over actions in Washington – organizers held a peace rally to protest tensions between the U.S. and Iran on Jan. 10 – and it’s planned from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park, near the intersection of First Street and Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb.

“We are not satisfied that the Republican members of Congress were not willing to hear the evidence that witnesses could have offered and instead voted to ignore Trump’s abuses of power,” organizers said in a news release.

Along with Wednesday’s rally, organizers are demanding accountability and structural reforms to “end corruption and abuses of power that allowed Donald Trump’s unsavory behavior,” the release states.

The release also states that organizers expect all participants to act lawfully at all times, and seek to de-escalate any potential confrontation that may arise if other participants disagree with each other.

Organizers state the 2020 federal and local elections carry significant weight for the future trajectory of the country, and voters should consider the impeachment proceedings as election season ramps up, the release shows.

With the U.S. Senate on Wednesday expected to acquit Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the third presidential impeachment trial in the nation’s history will come to a close this week. Trump was impeached in December on two charges: that he abused his power like no other president in history when he pushed Ukraine to investigate rival Democrats, and that he then obstructed Congress by instructing aides to defy House subpoenas.

But key Republicans have decided the president’s actions toward Ukraine do not rise to the level of impeachable offense that warrants the dramatic political upheaval of conviction and removal from office. Senate Republicans, who hold a 53-47 majority, blocked consideration of new witnesses and documents, setting up the speedy acquittal vote for the coming week.

The vote is expected to cap a months-long investigation spurred by a whistleblower complaint that Trump improperly withheld U.S. military aid from Ukraine in a bid to pressure it to launch investigations into 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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