West Virginia, Ohio senators discuss votes in Trump trial

West Virginia, Ohio senators discuss votes in Trump trial

It was a marked difference from Mr Trump's first impeachment trial, when only one Republican voted to convict.

A week later, the Democratic-controlled House impeached Trump for inciting insurrection.

But despite Mr McConnell's censure and the Republican Party's deep divide, the fact that 43 Republican senators nonetheless voted to acquit Mr Trump ultimately highlights his strong if tenuous grip on the party for now. He was accused of inciting his supporters.

In a speech on the Senate floor shortly after the vote, McConnell said the rioters had been "fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth - because he was angry he'd lost an election", adding that Trump's actions preceding the riot "were a disgraceful dereliction of duty".

Five died, including one police officer, during the invasion of the Capitol Building on January 6.

Mr Trump's lawyers countered that the former president's words were not meant to incite the violence and that impeachment was nothing but a "witch-hunt" created to prevent him from serving in office again.

Manchin said he voted for the article of impeachment to hold Trump accountable "for his seditious actions and words that threatened our democracy".

"Donald Trump is the most vibrant member of the Republican Party", Graham said.

Though the former president has been banned from the platform, his message reads like those that populated the timeline of his now-locked account, reusing old metaphors and bragging points.

National polls show that many Republican voters remain supportive of Trump, but Hogan said, "I think that's going to change over time". A proposal to declare the process unconstitutional was endorsed by 45 of Trump's 50 senators last month. Unable to dispute the case on the merits, the former President's counsel treated us to partisan vitriol, false equivalence and outright falsehoods.

On Sunday, Cassidy told ABC News that Trump's actions fell within his definition of inciting and insurrection and that he believes there should be "a complete investigation" into what happened at the Capitol on January 6.

It was unclear earlier in the day that Trump's trial would reach its climax today. Mr McConnell was instrumental in delaying Mr Trump's trial until after he left office, on 20 January.

Meanwhile, several Republican leaders slammed the party's Senators who voted against Trump.

Raskin and Plaskett defended the House team's last-minute reversal not to call a witness, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash.

Following the Senate's acquittal of Trump, McCorkel wrote in an email that it was "as minimal a victory for Trump as he needed and not much more". Trump is the only president in USA history to be impeached twice. The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, has said that district prosecutors are considering whether to charge Trump under local law that criminalizes statements that motivate people to violence.

Trump's acquittal raises questions about what's next for the 74-year-old former president, the Republican Party and President Joe Biden. That was no different at the 1999 Bill Clinton trial.

Dozens of former Republican officials, disillusioned by the party's failure to stand up to Mr Trump, have held talks to form a new centre-right party, though multiple congressional Republicans rejected the idea.

Most of the defecting Republicans had clashed with Trump over the years. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

He slammed the trial as yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of America.

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