President Donald Trump celebrated Wednesday’s Senate acquittal of the impeachment charges with an address in the East Room of the White House Thursday, slamming the proceedings as a “witch hunt” underway ever since Trump took office.
“We went through hell unfairly, did nothing wrong,” Trump said, going on to hold up a copy of Thursday’s Washington Post blasting the headline “Trump Acquitted.”
“Maybe we’ll frame it,” the president added. “It’s the only good headline I’ve ever had in the Washington Post.”
.@realDonaldTrump mic drop monent.
"We went through hell unfairly, did nothing wrong. Did nothing wrong. I’ve done things wrong in my life I will admit, not purposefully, but I've done things wrong but is what the end result is."
Holds up The Washington Post: "Trump acquitted." pic.twitter.com/JHp6jrwtJz
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 6, 2020
Trump argued Thursday’s address at the White House was not necessarily a speech but a celebration of the end of the three-year effort to delegitimize the Trump presidency.
“This is not a news conference, it’s not a speech. It’s a celebration,” Trump said. “First we went through Russia, Russia, Russia. It was all bullsh-t.”
In his remarks, Trump slammed former FBI Director James Comey for playing a pivotal role in perpetuating the grand Russian collusion conspiracy theory and abusing resources in the federal law enforcement agency to support a deep-state coup.
“Had I not fired James Comey, it’s possible I wouldn’t even be standing here right now,” Trump said. “When I fired that spleezebag, all hell broke loose.”
The president also blasted the FISA courts for authorizing surveillance warrants, signed by Comey, on the Trump campaign that were later found to be invalid.
“The FISA courts should be ashamed of themselves,” Trump said.
In December, the intelligence community inspector general unveiled a damning 400-page report detailing FISA abuses by the FBI in its deep-state “Crossfire Hurricane” operation to spy on American citizens working for the Trump campaign.
Following the report, a judge for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which handles FISA warrant applications, declared that the FBI’s misconduct called into question every other warrant the FBI has ever requested. Last month, a secret court ruling declared at least two of the four FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were illegal.
In his afternoon victory lap touting his exoneration from the Democratic coup campaign conducted throughout his entire presidency, Trump thanked his legal team in the audience in addition to the handful of senators and House members in attendance.
At one point, Trump began imitating Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.
“The man who got James Comey to choke, and he was just talking in his regular voice,” Trump said before imitating the Iowa Republican. “You know, people from Iowa can be very tough. … I’ll tell you, Chuck Grassley, he’s looking to call me, ‘Well you tell me, what did you say?’ Now he wasn’t being rough, that was just the way he talked. … [Comey] choked!”
Trump on Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley: “He’s got this voice that scares people.”
Then he imitated it 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/UrP025kZ8n
— Megan Cassella (@mmcassella) February 6, 2020
Trump took the opportunity to take a shot at the junior Republican senator from Utah, Mitt Romney, who was the only Republican to vote for Trump’s conviction.
Directing his remarks at Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, Trump said, “Say hello to the people of Utah and tell them I’m sorry about Mitt Romney. … We can say that Mike Lee is by far the most popular senator from the state.”
Trump concluded his remarks by reciting the romantic infidelity of former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, reading out loud their text messages exposing the “FBI lovers'” bias against the president, who discussed their imminent attempt to oust Trump through impeachment as “an insurance policy.”