Trump acquitted by Senate in second impeachment trial

Trump acquitted by Senate in second impeachment trial

Following four days of the impeachment trial, the 100-member Senate voted to impeach the former United States president by 57-43 votes, 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for conviction.

U.S. President Joe Biden issued a statement hours after the Senate failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed to convict his predecessor, saying that "this sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile", adding "it must always be defended".

McConnell jarred the political world just minutes after the Democratic-led House impeached Trump on January 13, writing to his Republican colleagues that he had "not made a final decision" about how he would vote at the Senate trial.

This was Mr Trump's second impeachment. That hope died after the influential Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he would vote to acquit because he believed lawmakers had no jurisdiction over a former president.

Shortly before the January 6 riot, Mr Trump urged his followers to march on the Capitol, repeated his false claim the election was stolen from him through widespread voting fraud, and told them: "If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore".

Democrats also warned that if Republicans did not help convict Trump, it would set a risky new precedent where a president could not be held accountable during the final weeks of an administration.

Impeachments of United States presidents are rare.

They argued that he had tried to have his politics both ways, appeasing Trump's supporters with his vote to acquit while trying to signal to establishment figures that he sided with them and they should continuing backing Republican candidates.

The 57-43 vote in the now evenly split Senate yielded the most bipartisan margin in favor of impeachment conviction in USA history, showing further divide among Republicans in a post-Trump era.

Joe Biden

In a written statement, he said Trump made unfounded claims about a fraud-riddled election "because he did not like the results".

"We have no regrets", lead House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told NBC's Meet the Press. "All I can say is the most potent force in the Republican Party is President Trump".

"Our historic, patriotic and handsome movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun", he said.

"It is tearing the country apart at a time when we don't need anything like that". "Our case against lyin", cheatin', liddle' Adam "Shifty' Schiff, Cryin' Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, their leader, dumb as a rock AOC, & the entire Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrat Party, starts today", said one.

Only seven of the Republican senators voted against the 74-year-old former president.

Murphy said no matter how long the debate prolonged, he doesn't think any more than seven Republicans would have changed their mind and voted against Trump. The next step for the former president could be the courts. One of the most memorable portions of the prosecution case by the impeachment managers were the new videos of Trump's supporters, wearing Make America Great Again hats and waving Trump flags, ransacking the Capitol.

While House impeachment managers successfully swayed the chamber to vote in favor of calling witnesses, the Democrats quickly backed off their request after it became apparent witness depositions could extend the trial for several more weeks.

Trump did not emerge from this impeachment trial unscathed, however.

For example, House Republicans voted overwhelmingly last week to defend diehard Trump loyalist Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene as Democrats moved to oust her from her committee assignments.

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