Source: United States Senate (Information):
Washington, District of Columbia: Second impeachment trial for former United States President Donald Trump has ended on Saturday, February 13th, 2021 in an acquittal after the United States Senate voted 57-43 to acquit on the single charge of inciting an insurrection.
Of those who voted, 43 Republican senators voted Trump was “not guilty” of inciting the insurrection by supporters who stormed the seat of United States Congress in Washington, DC back on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 to stop lawmakers from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden’s election victory, resulting in the deaths of five people, including a police officer.
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Only 7 Republican senators joined all Democrats in voting in favor of convicting the former president, including Republican Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and that vote to convict failed to reach the 67 votes needed to achieve the necessary two-thirds super majority.
Earlier Saturday, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell told colleagues he would vote to acquit the former United States President.
While McConnell voted to acquit the former United States President, he said after there is still “no question” that Donald Trump was “practically and morally responsible for provoking” the deadly attack, but he could not vote to convict Trump because he is “constitutionally not eligible for conviction” because he is no longer president.
The vote comes after a nearly week long impeachment trial that began on Tuesday with opening arguments from both sides and a vote ruling it is constitutional to try a former president once out of office.
In arguments this week, Democratic in the House of Representatives impeachment managers showed videos and shared tweets they said made clear the former United States President set the stage for the violence by falsely claiming the election results were fraudulent and egging on his supporters with his rhetoric long before Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.
Democratic in the House of Representatives also said he summoned the mob to Washington, gave the crowd its marching orders and did nothing to stop the violence as it played out on television. His one request to act peacefully did not absolve him, they said.
In addition to the graphic, never before seen security footage from the moment the rioters broke through windows and entered the United States Capitol in a purported attempt to overturn the election results, they also showed videos of the Republican former president cheering violence at his rallies, repeating his election fraud claims and urging his supporters to gather in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 for a rally he said would be “wild.”
The Democratic-led House of Representatives impeached the former United States President on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 on a single charge of inciting insurrection, focusing on a speech he made to supporters shortly before the riot.
Following the acquittal vote, former United States President Donald Trump sent out an email statement saying, “I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth. My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country. Our cherished Constitutional Republic was founded on the impartial rule of law, the indispensable safeguard for our liberties, our rights and our freedoms. It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree. I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate. This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago. I also want to convey my gratitude to the millions of decent, hardworking, law-abiding, God-and-Country loving citizens who have bravely supported these important principles in these very difficult and challenging times. Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it! We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future. Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. We remain one People, one family, and one glorious nation under God, and it’s our responsibility to preserve this magnificent inheritance for our children and for generations of Americans to come. May God bless all of you, and may God forever bless the United States of America.”
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