The US Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on incitement of insurrection charges in his second impeachment trial.
The Senate voted 57-43 to convict Trump but was not enough for conviction which mirrored what happened during his first trial about his affairs with Ukraine.
Only seven Republicans joined the Democrats to convict Trump, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
Republican leader Mitch McConnell said that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the riot at the capitol last January 6 but could not be convicted because he was not president anymore at that time.
“If this is not a high crime and misdemeanor against the United States of America then nothing is. If this is not a high crime and misdemeanor against the United States of America then nothing is,” said congressman Jaime Raskin before the final verdict was given.
McConnell however warned that Trump could still face further criminal prosecution despite his acquittal.
“President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he’s in office. He didn’t get away with anything yet,” said McConnell.
After the acquittal, Trump thanked his legal team and those who voted not guilty before criticizing the Democratic party.
“This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country,” said Trump’s statement.
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