Donald Trump Acquitted In Second Impeachment Trial As US Senate Votes 57-43
Former United States President Donald Trump was acquitted of inciting violence at the US Capitol on Saturday as a majority of Senate Republicans voted to save him from the punishment in his historic second impeachment trial. In the five-day trial, the Democratic prosecutors supported their argument with a dramatic video of the January 6 riot, alleging that Trump betrayed his oath with his call to riot.
However, a majority of Republicans declared Trump not guilty. The US senate voted 57-43, including seven Republicans who joined the Democrats for Trump’s conviction.
After the verdict, Trump denounced the proceedings, saying: “Yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.”
Despite having impeached by the US House of Representatives twice, Trump refused to leave politics as he said: “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.”
Trump became the first US President to be impeached for the second time on January 13.
According to the Democrats, Trump’s behavior was an “open and shut” case of impeachable conduct. “He summoned his supporters to Washington, on the Ellipse, whipped them into a frenzy, and directed them at the Capitol,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said following the vote.
The defense team argued that Trump’s appeal from his supporters to “fight like hell, at the rally that preceded the attack” was rhetorical.
Former Trump ally Mitch McConnell said: “There’s no question — none — that president Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.
“President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office. He didn’t get away with anything yet,” he added.
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