For all intent and purposes, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump ended Friday.
With that, a number of political analysts said it appears American democracy ended too, at least as everyone once knew it.
To a certain extinct, the U.S. Constitution also lost some of its authority, analysts say.
Republicans in the Senate defeated efforts to call witnesses and to have documents submitted into evidence during the so-called trial. The anticipation is that a final vote to acquit Trump will occur no later than Wednesday, Feb. 5.
“To not allow witnesses or documents in an impeachment trial is a grand tragedy, one of the worst tragedies that the Senate has ever overcome,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York), said in a statement emailed to NNPA Newswire.
“America will remember this day – a day when the United Senate did not live up to its responsibilities, turned away from the truth and instead went along with a sham trial,” Schumer said.
“If the president is acquitted with no witnesses, no documents, any acquittal will have no value because Americans will know that this trial was not a real trial. It’s a tragedy on a very large scale,” he added.
By blocking “relevant witnesses and relevant documents, Senate Republicans have denied the American people the fair trial they deserve. This proceeding was rigged from the start to protect the president,” said Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pennsylvania).
Zachary B. Wolf, an analysis for CNN, noted that a significant takeaway from the impeachment trial is that the presidency has risen “Far above the other branches of government, freeing the occupant of the White House from the system of checks and balances designed to constrain him.”
Wolf said that Trump and future American presidents, in the eyes of the Senate, can use the Oval Office and foreign policy to harm those running against him.
He noted how Trump has said that he was well within his authority as president to ask a foreign government for political assistance against a rival.
Recognizing all of this, House Democrats have vowed to continue to investigate the president, including his domestic and foreign policies, and his business dealings and finances.
Democratic leaders point out that Trump still faces multiple court cases where lawmakers are still trying to gain access to his tax returns and information as to whether the president is illegally making money off of foreign governments.
“We’ll see what happens,” House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said. “No matter what the senators have the courage or not to do, he will be impeached forever,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi’s House colleague and fellow California Democrat Maxine Waters spoke in more blunt terms.
“I’ve never seen a more insufferable and pathetic group of Senators than those in the GOP. They’ve chosen to strap themselves to a corrupt con man they know is guilty,” Waters said. “They’re all cowards. None of them belong in the Senate. They should go home and grow a backbone.”