Trump Acquitted Of Incitement Charges

Trump Acquitted Of Incitement Charges

The United States Senate failed to gather enough votes to convict former President Donald Trump, after a Democrat-led impeachment trial.

Trump had been accused of “incitement of insurrection” after his supporters rioted on Capitol Hill.

The Senate voted 57-43 on Saturday in favor of impeachment; falling short of the 67 votes needed to comprise the constitutionally required two-thirds majority.

Democrats managed to win two more Republican votes, compared to when the Senate voted in late January to go forward with the trial.

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Still, only seven Republican Senators broke ranks with their party to find Trump guilty.

The five Republicans who voted to hold the trial – Mitt Romney (Utah), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska); Ben Sasse (Nebraska) and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania) – also voted to convict Trump.

They were joined by Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) and Richard Burr (North Carolina).

Toomey and Burr have announced plans to retire; so they won’t have to face the prospect of Trump’s campaigning against their re-election in 2022.

Trump was impeached last month, for the second time, over his words to supporters on January 6; when he encouraged them to “fight like hell” against what he maintained was a “rigged election.” 

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