I acknowledge that my verdict will not remove the president from office.
The results of this Senate court will in fact be appealed to a higher court: the judgment of the American people.
Voters will make the final decision, just as the president’s lawyers have implored. My vote will likely be in the minority in the Senate. But irrespective of these things, with my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability, believing that my country expected it of me. I will only be one name among many, no more or less, to future generations of Americans who look at the record of this trial. They will note merely that I was among the senators who determined that what the president did was wrong, grievously wrong.
We’re all footnotes at best in the annals of history.
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