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Former President Donald Trump acquitted in 2nd impeachment trial

Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial came to a climactic end on Saturday afternoon, with Trump being acquitted for his alleged role of inciting the Capitol riots.

As required by Senate rules, each senator present had to pronounce Trump “guilty” or “not guilty” while they stood behind their individual desks.The Senate voted 57-43 on the question of whether Trump was guilty of inciting an insurrection.

“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,” Trump said in a statement.

“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!” the statement continued.

Despite the acquittal, lead House Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin, D-Md., praised Congress and the House managers who worked with him.

“We have a clear and convincing majority of members of Congress that the president actually incited violent insurrection against the union and against the Congress,” Raskin said, adding it was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment in the history of the country.

From the start, many Republican senators stood by the president — with 44 voting Tuesday it was unconstitutional to convict a former president.

During the trial, House impeachment managers argued that the Jan. 6 riot was Trump’s final attempt to overturn the presidential election. They claimed he was no innocent bystander, but rather, an insider and the instigator. They claimed he had been laying the groundwork for months with false claims and no proof the election was stolen, riling up Americans who would turn to violence on Jan. 6.

Saturday’s acquittal marks the second time Trump has been exonerated in a Senate trial. He was found not guilty last year on charges relating to his efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on Biden.

Trump is just the third president in US history to be impeached. He is the only president to be impeached twice, and the first former president to face a trial.

 

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