US Senate acquits Trump of incitement of insurrection

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Trump was acquitted Saturday on charges of inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol, after a majority of Senate Republicans closed ranks and refused to punish the former president in his historic second impeachment trial.

At the House managers' press conference, Pelosi revisited the reason for the timing of the trial.

Earlier, he voted against conviction, saying it was unconstitutional now that Mr Trump was no longer president. "The fact that he established that it could not be delivered after the inauguration". The trial that ended Saturday was Trump's second - making him the first president to ever be tried twice for impeachment - and the fourth in presidential history.

Mr Trump has already called on Mr Kemp to resign and it is hardly a major leap of the imagination to expect that the former president will support a Republican challenger in next year's gubernatorial elections. "Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader 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". "No question about it".

"January 6th will live as a day of infamy in the history of the United States of America".

The Senate decision closing this chapter on the Trump Presidency but leaves open the possibility that he could seek elected office in the future including running for President again.

Democrats failed to get the two-thirds majority vote to find him guilty of inciting an insurrection.

It concluded as expected with a majority of Republicans declaring him not guilty, in a sign of the powerful grip the 74-year-old Trump continues to exert on his party.

The 43 Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump - some of them hiding behind specious constitutional objections and ignoring the precedents for convicting a former officeholder - have shamed themselves rather than offend Trump's base.

Fair-minded Americans - including many Trump voters - should come away from this revealing trial resolved never to allow Donald J. Trump to be treated as a legitimate participant in American political life, let alone be returned to the White House.

"GOP senators who vote to acquit may be protecting themselves against primary challenges from the more extreme wing of their party in 2022, or even 2024", Schiller said.

"All of this to hold on to power despite having legitimately lost", Toomey said.

McConnell jarred the political world just minutes after the Democratic-led House impeached Trump on January 13, writing to his Republican colleagues that he had "not made a final decision" about how he would vote at the Senate trial.

US Senate acquits Donald Trump of inciting insurrection in Capitol assault