Tuesday, 26 October, 2021


Trump acquitted by Senate in second impeachment trial

US President Joe Biden reacted to former President Donald Trump's senate acquittal US President Joe Biden reacted to former President Donald Trump's senate acquittal
Bennie Garza | 14 February, 2021, 21:28

House prosecutors had argued Mr Trump was the "inciter in chief" who, in a months-long campaign, orchestrated a pattern of violent rhetoric and false claims that unleashed the mob. Had McConnell voted to find Trump guilty, he has enough respect among his colleagues that many more of them may well have done the same.

The 57-43 vote in the now evenly split Senate yielded the most bipartisan margin in favor of conviction in U.S. history, showing further divide among Republicans in the post-Trump era. Trials without witnesses are not genuine trials-even in a civil impeachment prosecution in which the sole sanction is disqualification from future federal office, not loss of liberty or even a fine.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, "This was the most egregious violation of the Presidential oath of office and a textbook example, a classic example of an impeachable offence, worthy of the constitution's most severe remedy in response to the incontrovertible fact of Donald Trump's guilt".

"History and the American people will now be tasked with judging former President Trump " s behaviour.

Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives in the final days of his four-year presidency, becoming the first USA president in history to face such a rebuke twice.

The McCarthy call is significant because it could point to Trumps intent, state of mind and knowledge of the rioters' actions.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in US military aid needed by Ukraine in its conflict with Russian Federation were hanging in the balance.

"Despite the acquittal, Raskin in his "Meet the Press" interview characterized Trump's impeachment as a "dramatic success in historical terms". "The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president", the top Senate republican added.

A guilty vote by McConnell would have likely done even more to roil Republican waters by signalling an attempt by the party's most powerful Washington leader to yank the party away from a figure still revered by most of its voters.

Murphy said no matter how long the debate prolonged, he doesn't think any more than seven Republicans would have changed their mind and voted against Trump. But before Saturday, he had said little in public or private about his mindset, and no one was certain what he would decide.

Trump was impeached on January 13 by the Democrat-led House on one article of inciting insurrection leading to the Capitol riot which interrupted Congress' electoral vote count of Biden's victory.

Outraged Democrats saw the approach as a classic McConnell tactic.

After his acquittal, Mr Trump released a statement denouncing the trial as "the greatest witch hunt in history". The peril to Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, who was presiding in the Senate during the day's election certification, also came into sharper relief.

The impeachment case presented by the House Managers was only the tip of the iceberg of what transpired in the White House, in Washington, D.C., in George, Michigan, and Texas, and around the country generally in Mr. Trump's relentless, lawless, unconstitutional exertions to falsify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Graham warned on "Fox News Sunday" that this will be used against Republicans as they try to retake control of Congress in 2022.

McConnell's decision will no doubt colour his legacy.

Burr, 65, will not seek reelection next year and will retire.

McConnell manoeuvred through Trump's four years in office like a captain steering a ship through a rocky strait on stormy seas. The next step for the former president could be the courts.

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