Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said the true test of U.S. democracy would not be seen in the actions of the Senate, which is expected to acquit President Donald Trump of impeachment charges on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Book said the legislative body and former presidents have failed the American people before. “They failed the ideals of freedom when time and time again they defended slavery. They failed the ideals of liberty when time and time again it rejected civil rights,” he said. Booker continued to say that the hope of the nation lies not in the Constitution, but in its people. “This is not a time to simply point blame at one side or another. This is a time to accept responsibility,” the New Jersey senator said. “Change does not come from Washington, it must come to Washington.” On Feb. 4, senators weighed in for the second day on how they will vote on whether to remove Trump from office. The speeches come one day before the Senate will decide whether to convict or acquit Trump on two articles of impeachment--abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. After the Senate voted last week to bar new witness testimony and subpoenas for documents, Trump’s acquittal has seemed all but assured. The House of Representatives impeached Trump in December.

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