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Utah's senators explain their votes in Trump's second impeachment trial

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Conrad Doyle | 14 February, 2021, 09:32

The former President's actions that preceded the riots were a disgraceful dereliction of duty.

The 57-43 vote in the Senate, however, fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict.

McConnell's speech was an attempt at a political balancing act, DW's Washington bureau chief Ines Pohl said.

The Louisiana Republican Party swiftly moved Saturday to censure GOP Sen. McConnell went on to say, "There's no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instruction of their president and having that belief was a foreseeable outcome of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole which the defeated President kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet earth".

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell criticises Mr Trump moments after acquitting him.

The US Senate acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial on Saturday.

It was clear that Pelosi was angry at McConnell; she said, "So for him to get up there and make this indictment against the president and then say, 'but I can't vote for it because it's after the fact.' The fact that he established!"

After just five days of debate, the fastest presidential impeachment trial in American history, seven Republicans joined every Democrat in declaring Trump guilty on the charge of "incitement of insurrection".

Democratic impeachment managers from the House of Representatives argued that Trump set the stage for violence through repeated - and baseless - claims that the election results were fraudulent.

The 36-year Senate veteran maneuvered through Trump's four years in office like a captain steering a ship through a rocky strait on stormy seas.

That could have prompted 2022 primary challenges against GOP incumbents, complicating Republican efforts to win the Senate majority by nominating far-right, less-electable candidates. He ended up guiding the Senate to victories such as the 2017 tax cuts and the confirmations of three U.S. Supreme Court justices and more than 200 other federal judges.

Mr Trump left office on January 20, so impeachment could not be used to remove him from power.

Their relationship, built more on expedience than admiration, plummeted after Trump's denial of his November 3 defeat and relentless efforts to reverse the voters' verdict with his baseless claims that Democrats fraudulently stole the election. The day of the riot, McConnell railed against "thugs, mobs, or threats" and described the attack as "this failed insurrection".

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