On Saturday, December 13, former US President Donald Trump was acquitted in the second impeachment trial on the charge of inciting an insurrection for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. He became the only president to be impeached and acquitted twice in history. Another record is that Trump’s second impeachment trial lasted five days of arguments, making it the shortest in presidential history.
The majority of senators found Trump guilty (57-43), but it was not enough to impeach the former President. The vote needed the two-thirds majority (67 votes). Therefore, Trump was “hereby acquitted of the charge.”
Seven Republicans joined Democrats in a vote:
- Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah), B
- en Sasse (Neb.),
- Lisa Murkowski (Alaska),
- Pat Toomey (Penn.),
- Bill Cassidy (La.),
- Susan Collins (Maine),
- Richard Burr (N.C.).
Trump himself refused to attend the trial. His prosecutors said that the refusal can be considered in favor of his guilt. His advocacy considered the impeachment unconstitutional, since Trump no longer holds the office.
Following his acquittal, 45th President Trump released the statement:
BREAKING: 45th President Trump releases statement on Senate acquittal
“Our movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun” pic.twitter.com/8BMWblySws
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 13, 2021
I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth.
My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.
Our cherished Constitutional Republic was founded on the impartial rule of law, the indispensable safeguard for our liberties, our rights and our freedoms.
It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree. I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.
This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.
I also want to convey my gratitude to the millions of decent, hardworking, law-abiding, God-and-Country loving citizens who have bravely supported these important principles in these very difficult and challenging times.
Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it! We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.
Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
We remain one People, one family, and one glorious nation under God, and it’s our responsibility to preserve this magnificent inheritance for our children and for generations of Americans to come.
May God bless all of you, and may God forever bless the United States of America.
The acquittal means that Trump may run for election and hold public office in the future. However, senators may still try to bar him from office in a separate 14th Amendment measure.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) February 13, 2021
Trump’s acquittal is represented as a sign of reconciliation between the new administration and the supporters of the former president. At the same time it may be perceived as Trump’s unconditional rightness and the inability to trump up a charge against his policies, despite an ardent desire and deep influence.
The results of the Senate vote represent the level of support for Trump among the US electorate.
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