Trump voted not guilty at the Impeachment Trial

Senate fell short by 10 votes to convict Donald Trump at the Impeachment Trial


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Trump’s lawyers celebrate his acquittal. Photograph: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images
Trump’s lawyers celebrate his acquittal. Photograph: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump has been acquitted from the Impeachment Trial, as the Senate fails to achieve the required 2-3rd majority to convict the former president.

Donald Trump was facing impeachment charges following his controversial role at the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. He was accused of inciting the mob and had been impeached by the House of Representatives.

After the five days of debate, the former president's impeachment trial fell short by 10 votes to gain the 2-3rd majority of 67 votes at the Senate Floor.

Despite the predicted outcome, it was quite unexpected to get 7 GOP Senators to vote for the impeachment of Trump.

In mostly bipartisan voting, the Republicans who were ready to impeach trump were Richard Burr (North Carolina), Bill  Cassidy (Louisiana), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Nebraska) and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania).

Donald Trump was accused of inciting and provoking the mob. Impeachment managers alleged Trump's act to be similar to setting the building on fire then intentionally adding fuel to it but later saying the act was misunderstood.

Republican Top Senate Leader Mitch McConnell criticized the president over inciting the riot. However, he voted for the acquittal. 

“President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he’s in office,” McConnell said. “He didn’t get away with anything yet.” He also said Donald Trump is "practically" and "Morally" responsible for the events.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called out the Republicans who voted Trump not Guilty.

Following Saturday's events, Donald Trump declared victory. "Our historic and patriotic movement to Make America Great Again has just begun," he said.

Previously, after Senate voted for calling the witnesses, Trump's lawyer disagreed. 

Trump's legal team threatened to bring in 301 witnesses.

Instead, they agreed to bring in the written statement of a Republican congresswoman who had been told that Trump sided with the rioters after the House minority leader pleaded with him to stop the attack on 6 January.

Despite that, only a few republicans changed their votes. 

This is only the fourth instance when the presidential impeachment Trial has gone to the Senate Floor. However, this might be a familiar event for the former president as Donald Trump is the one convicted on two of those four occasions.

Publish : 2021-02-14 08:50:00

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