U.S. Senate Acquits Donald Trump In Second Impeachment Trial

U.S. Senate Acquits Donald Trump In Second Impeachment Trial

Lee, who is now in his second term and has been in office since 2011, voted "not guilty" Saturday on the charge that Trump incited the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month. He neither fully supported - nor opposed - the vote by the House of Representatives last month to impeach Trump, saying he wanted to leave the matter up to Congress.

Though he was acquitted, seven Republicans voted to convict him, making it easily the largest number of senators to ever find a president of their own party guilty of an impeachment charge.

After his acquittal, Mr Trump released a statement denouncing the trial as "the greatest witch hunt in history".

"The mob was fed lies", McConnell said in a Senate speech last month.

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". They 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. Numerous and fiercely loyal pro-Trump Republicans and more traditional Republicans who believe the former president is damaging the party's national appeal are struggling to decide the party's direction.

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader, would vote to convict the disgraced ex-president who, even from exile in Mar-a-Lago, holds sway over most of his party.

He called Trump's antics leading up to the siege "a disgraceful dereliction of duty". McConnell said Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for the events of January 6 but let him off on a technicality.

He stressed that while Congress has exhausted its avenues for punishing Trump, the U.S. justice system has not.

"He didn't get away with anything yet", McConnell said.

The final vote tally was 57-43.

US President Joe Biden has hardly weighed in on the proceedings. That it must always be defended.

"We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future", he said. That's exactly what happened, and Jost is right that it's the dumbest trial.

Five people died in the riot, including a police officer and a Trump supporter who was shot by police. But once the Senate voted to hold the trial, he said, he considered the merits of the case as an impartial juror. "We don't censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol", said Pelosi.

"House managers made fools of themselves".

But they backed down, instead reaching agreement with the defense that a statement by congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler would be entered as evidence.

His decision on how he would vote was unclear until he sent a private email to Republican senators Saturday morning saying, "While a close call, I am persuaded that impeachments are a tool primarily of removal and we therefore lack jurisdiction".

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