President Trump, speaking from the White House, thanked his family "for sticking through it."
"This was not part of the deal," he said.
Trump called up his daughter, Ivanka, and the first lady, Melania Trump, to the podium and hugged them both.
"I want to apologize to my family for having them have to go through a phony, rotten deal by some very evil and sick people," he said.
Watch the moment:
4:33 p.m. ET, February 6, 2020
Fact check: Trump claims without evidence that Vindman's edits were made to the Ukraine transcript
From CNN's Tara Subramaniam
President Trump claimed that the changes Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman requested to the transcript of his July 25 call with Ukraine's president were indeed made, therefore the transcript was "perfectly accurate."
"Lt. Colonel Vindman and his twin brother, right we had some people that, really amazing, but we did everything. We said, what was wrong with it? They said, they didn't add this word or that word. Didn't. I said, add it. They're probably wrong, but add it. So now everybody agrees that they were perfectly accurate," he said.
Facts First:In fact, Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, testified in the House impeachment inquiry that two “substantive” changes he suggested to the rough transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were not made. As we have noted before, the document Trump released explicitly says on its first page that it is “not a verbatim transcript.”
Watch part of Vindman's testimony about the Ukraine call:
2:48 p.m. ET, February 6, 2020
Fact check: Trump falsely claims Comey admitted to leaking to Grassley
From CNN's Daniel Dale
President Trump falsely claimed that, in an exchange with Sen. Chuck Grassley at a committee meeting, James Comey admitted to being a leaker.
Facts First:Trump’s claim was the opposite of the truth. Comey denied being a leaker in that meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee in May 2017.
During the hearing, Grassley said, “It is frustrating when the FBI refuses to answer this committee’s questions, but leaks relevant information to the media. In other words, they don’t talk to us, but somebody talks to the media. Director Comey, have you ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?”
Comey responded, “Never.”
Here's the rest of the exchange:
Grassley: “Question two, relatively related: have you ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?”
Grassley: “Has any classified information relating to President Trump or his association — associates been declassified and shared with the media?”
Comey: “Not to my knowledge.”
Clarification: The headline of this post has been updated to make clear that is about what Comey said to Grassley.
1:05 p.m. ET, February 6, 2020
Fact check: Trump claims "We won 197-0." Here's what we know.
From CNN's Tara Subramaniam
Speaking today from the White House, President Trump said "it helped when we won 197-0."
Facts First: Trump appears to be referring to the fact that no Republican voted in favor of impeachment in the House. In fact, he decisively lost a key process vote and then the two votes to actually impeach him.
The Democratic-controlled House voted 232-196 in October in favor of the Democrats’ proposed rules for the impeachment inquiry.
That is possibly the basis of Trump’s “197” figure in this quote, but the claim that “we won 197 to nothing” remains nonsensical.
1:00 p.m. ET, February 6, 2020
Fact check: Trump falsely says Russia probe began in 2015
From CNN's Marshall Cohen
President Trump has suggested many times that the government started investigating him when he announced his campaign in June 2015, in order to prevent him from winning the presidency. He has repeatedly referred to the Russia investigation as a “witch hunt” as well.
“We had the witch hunt,” Trump said today. “It started from the day we came down the elevator, myself and our future first lady.”
Facts First:This is a conspiracy theory. Trump’s campaign did fall under investigation, but it wasn’t until the summer 2016, and there’s no proof that it was done to stop his presidency. In fact, the Justice Department watchdog said the investigation was opened without bias.
The FBI opened the Russia investigation in July 2016 after receiving intelligence from a friendly country that a Trump campaign associate had advance knowledge of Russian hacking. The investigation eventually morphed into the special counsel probe led by Robert Mueller.
In a sweeping report released last year, the Justice Department watchdog concluded that the FBI officials who opened the Russia investigation didn’t do it out of bias. While the watchdog found some senior FBI officials disliked Trump, the internal review determined that the key decisions weren’t influenced by bias, and that there were legitimate reasons to open the investigation into potential collusion.
1:07 p.m. ET, February 6, 2020
Trump suggests Romney "used religion as a crutch" when voting on impeachment
From CNN's Maegan Vazquez
President Trump suggested GOP Sen. Mitt Romney “used religion as a crutch” when voting in the impeachment trial.
“Then you have some who used religion as a crutch. … Today — never heard him use it before. But today, you know, it’s one of those things. But you know, it’s a failed presidential candidate. So things can happen when you fail so badly running for president,” Trump said.
He told Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee to tell his constituents he’s sorry about Romney.
Speaking about his impeachment acquittal at the White House, Trump brought up how others might not have brought up what he brought up in front of the religious group and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“We did a prayer breakfast this morning. And I thought that was really good. In fact, that was so good this might wipe this out. But by the end, by the time we finish, this will wipe that one out — those statements,” Trump said.
He continued: “I had Nancy Pelosi sitting four seats away and I’m saying things that a lot of people wouldn’t’ve said. But I meant it. I meant every word.”
Trump brought up his impeachment and the state of the economy during the breakfast, also criticizing Pelosi and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney. Pelosi said Trump’s comments at the breakfast were inappropriate.
See some of Trump's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast:
12:55 p.m. ET, February 6, 2020
Trump calls Nancy Pelosi "vicious" and claims she doesn't pray
President Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff and other Democrats, calling them "vicious as hell."
"These people are vicious," Trump said. "Adam Schiff is a vicious, horrible person. Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person. And she wanted to impeach a long time ago."
Trump claimed Pelosi "doesn't pray" just hours after they both attended the National Prayer Breakfast.
"When she said, 'I pray for the President. I pray for the—.' She doesn't pray. She may pray but she prays for the opposite. But I doubt she prays at all," Trump said.
Throughout the impeachment inquiry and trial, Pelosi has said she prays for Trump.
At a December news conference, when asked if she hates Trump, she cited her faith as she lashed out the reporter who asked about it. "As a Catholic, I resent your using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone." she said.
Today Trump said that while "vicious," the Democrats are united.
"These are vicious people," he said. "They stick together. Historically, I'm not talking now. They stick together like glue ... and they stuck together and they're vicious as hell."
Trump lashes out at Democrats:
12:51 p.m. ET, February 6, 2020
Fact check: Trump repeats one of his favorite conspiracy theories at his speech today
From CNN's Marshall Cohen
In his comments at the White House celebrating his impeachment acquittal, President Trump mentioned what he often refers to as the “insurance policy.”
“I wrote this down because that was where a thing called the insurance policy to me, when I saw the insurance policy, and that was done long before the election, that was done when they thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win," he said.
Facts First: Trump is repeating one of his favorite conspiracy theories, which claims that hostile forces inside the FBI hatched a plan to stop him from winning the election. The theory doesn't make much sense. The participants, who have been publicly disgraced by their anti-Trump text messages and their extramarital affair, have offered a more reasonable explanation.
The two former FBI officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, mentioned an "insurance policy" in text messages they exchanged in August 2016 about early efforts to investigate Trump's campaign aides. Their message said, in part: "There's no way he gets elected — but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40."
Strzok tried to explain the context in a 2018 public hearing: The FBI was getting information about links between Trump aides and Russians. But Trump was far behind Clinton in the polls, and FBI officials were trying to decide how aggressively to follow the Russia leads. Strzok said his view was that "we need to do our job" so the threats would be assessed if Trump won.
"While it isn't likely according to all the pollsters and everybody that candidate Trump is going to be elected, we need to make sure we are protecting America," Strzok testified, offering similar reasoning that Page gave during her private depositions with congressional investigators.
Strzok was fired from the FBI and Page resigned. The Justice Department's internal watchdog was harshly critical of their anti-Trump texts and said it "cast a cloud" over the investigation, though the internal review did not find any evidence that their political opinions affected their decisions regarding the Clinton email investigation.