The President’s defence team offered counterarguments full of disinformation, ranging from “He didn’t do it” to “If he did it, it was a good thing”. But by the time of their closing they had settled on the most compelling defence: He did it, but it’s not impeachable. This was the off-ramp that many Republican Senators used – in the face of overwhelming evidence – to justify their vote to acquit.

The talent within the Democratic Party was on full display throughout the Senate trial, providing rank-and-file Democrats with hope for the future.

The House Managers used every minute afforded to them to make their case against the President. The intellectual stature and litigating skill of Congressman Adam Schiff was evident throughout the investigation phase, but the power of his arguments during the Senate trial elevated his stature further.

Further, the team of House Managers sent to prosecute the case against the president included younger members who are likely to play a big role in the Democratic Party’s future. On the first day of the trial, Congressman Jason Crow, a first-term Congressman from Colorado and former US Army Ranger, presented a strong case for the release of Defense Department documents about the withholding of aid from Ukraine.

Another 40-something member who distinguished himself during the Senate trial was Hakeem Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and the person many believe to be Nancy Pelosi’s chosen successor. When the president’s lawyer, Mr. Jay Sekulow rhetorically questioned how we got here [to impeachment], Jeffries responded,

“We are here, sir, because President Trump corruptly abused his power, and then he tried to cover it up. And we are here, sir, to follow the facts, apply the law, be guided by the Constitution, and present the truth to the American people. That is why we are here, Mr. Sekulow.”

And then Jeffries ended with a mike-drop moment, quoting the rapper and fellow Brooklynite the Notorious BIG: “And if you don’t know, now you know.”

Senator Mitt Romney voted to convict.

In the end, the most memorable lines of the impeachment trial didn’t come from a Democrat. Even though Senator Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote with the Democrats, his speech on the Senate floor changed the way the moment felt. And because he ensured that the vote to convict would be bipartisan, he changed the way this moment in American history will be remembered.

Citing the central role that his faith plays in his life, Romney explained that taking an oath before God was a consequential act for him.  And with full awareness of the ways in which he would be attacked for this vote (and potentially voted out of office), Romney stated:

“The President is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust… What he did was not perfect. No, it was a flagrant assault on electoral rights, national security, and our fundamental values. Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.”

Now you know.