Sabtu, 13 Februari 2021

Donald Trump acquitted of incitement of insurrection in second Senate impeachment trial - ABC News

The US Senate has voted to acquit former president Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.

A two-thirds majority — 67 or more guilty votes — was required to convict the former president.

Senators voted 57-43 guilty on the charge of incitement of insurrection.

In the vote, seven of the 50 Senate Republicans joined the chamber's unified Democrats in favouring conviction.

The vote came at the conclusion of a five-day trial — Mr Trump's second impeachment trial in 12 months — which was held in the same US Capitol building ransacked by his followers on January 6.

In a statement following the vote, Mr Trump said the trial had been another phase of the "greatest witch-hunt in the history of our country".

He welcomed his second impeachment acquittal, thanking his attorneys as well as his defenders in the House and Senate, saying they "stood proudly for the constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country".


Though he was acquitted, the vote resulted in the largest number of senators to ever find a president of their own party guilty of an impeachment charge.

Republicans senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania all voted guilty.

With Mr Trump having left office on January 20, a successful impeachment conviction could not have been used to remove him from power.

But Democrats had hoped to secure a conviction to hold him responsible for the Capitol siege that left five people, including a police officer, dead.

A conviction would have also set the stage for a vote to bar him from serving in public office again.

Given the chance to hold office in the future, they argued, Mr Trump would not hesitate to again encourage political violence.

Last month, the US House of Representatives impeached Mr Trump before he left office for incitement of insurrection.

It came in the wake of the violent mob breaking into the Capitol, destroying property and hunting for politicians as they counted the presidential electoral votes.

Mr Trump is only the third US president to be impeached by the House — a step akin to a criminal indictment — as well as the first to be impeached twice and the first to face an impeachment trial after leaving office.

But the Senate has never convicted an impeached president.

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2021-02-13 20:50:00Z

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