US Senate has fallen short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump in the impeachment trial. The Democratic lawmakers brought the impeachment charges over accusations that Trump incited the January 6 violence. A total of 57 senators voted in favor of impeachment, while 43 against it. interestingly, a majority of Republicans also voted for impeachment.
Following his acquittal in the upper chamber of Congress, Trump released a statement and described it as the “greatest witch hunt” in American political history. The former president became the first leader to be impeached twice. If he had been charged, the Congressional leaders could have banned him from assuming a public office ever again.
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After the vote, the Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said that Trump had been responsible for the extraordinary chaos that resulted in as many as five fatalities, including a police officer. He further described Trump’s acts as “disgraceful”.
Earlier, McConnell voted against the impeachment, arguing that it was unconstitutional as Trump was no longer the president. Since the ex-president left the office, the minority leader had been instrumental in delaying the trial. He also added that Trump could still be held liable in court.
In response to the vote, President Joe Biden said that although the final vote did not lead to the conviction of Trump, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. On the other hand, in their closing remarks, the Democratic impeachment managers warned that it would be dangerous to acquit the former president.
Meanwhile, Michael van der Veen, Trump’s lawyer maintained that the impeachment trial was *show trial* and added that the Democrats were obsessed with impeaching him. Initially, the Senate voted for personal testimony, which could have delayed Saturday’s impeachment trial. However, following emergency consultations, they agreed to the written statements only.
This came following the discussion on a phone call between Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy, while the riots were underway. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, a Republican Representative, maintained that McCarthy had told her about the call with the president and added that she implored Trump to call off the protests, but he blamed Antifa.
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