US Senate acquits Donald Trump of inciting insurrection in Capitol assault

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A number of Republicans have distanced themselves from the former president and are lining up to take their own shot at the White House in 2024. "Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader (Mitch) McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a "disgraceful dereliction of duty" and "practically and morally responsible for provoking" the violence unleashed on the Capitol", Biden said. "He didn't get away with anything".

Perhaps the day's most surprising GOP defector was Burr, a 16-year Senate veteran who keeps a low profile in Washington and after years as top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee is used to telegraphing little about his views.

But seven Republican senators voted to convict the former president and 10 Republican members of the House of Representatives voted last month to impeach him, including the party's third-ranking member, Liz Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney.

In 2020, Romney was the sole Republican senator who voted to convict Trump.

"Mr. Trump is innocent of the charges against him", Michael van der Veen said in his closing arguments on the Senate floor in the impeachment trial of Trump.

Georgia's governor, Brian Kemp, is nearly certainly in Mr Trump's sights because of his refusal to overturn the presidential election results.

"President Biden has done a very good job of separating himself from the impeachment trial proceedings and keep his messaging on the Covid-19 crisis and the accompanying economic crisis", Schiller said. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who had feigned being open to conviction, abandoned the pretense and, minutes before the Senate convened Saturday, emailed his Republican colleagues that he would vote to acquit. Those who broke ranks are already facing ferocious criticism and, in some cases, formal reprimands from their Republican constituents.

While the figure doesn't include the Senate trial, the tab through December is sharply lower than the one for the impeachment investigation and trial of President Bill Clinton two decades ago.

House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., wanted to subpoena Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., about a conversation she had with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Every rally he holds from here on will evoke memories of that riot.

Senators initially voted for personal testimony, which would have delayed a possible verdict on Saturday. He said that because of Trump's actions, "for the first time in American history, the transfer of presidential power was not peaceful" and said Trump had "betrayed the confidence millions of us placed in him".

She said Mr McCarthy had implored Mr Trump to call off the rioters, but the president had wrongly blamed left-wing activists broadly known as "antifa". In a written statement, he said Trump made unfounded claims about a fraud-riddled election "because he did not like the results".

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