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.
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.”