US Senate acquits Donald Trump at 2nd impeachment trial

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday was acquitted by the US Senate of any charge of inciting an insurrection in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 by his supporters. This was the second time in 13 months that the Senate had dismissed a Democratic move to impeach Donald Trump, this time after he had left office. The motion fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for impeachment and barring him from future public office. The 57-member lineup which found him guilty included all 48 Democrats, both independents and seven Republicans, while 43 Republican senators voted to clear the former president.

The decision came after House impeachment managers reversed course and dropped a call for witnesses that would have delayed the verdict. The acquittal marked the end of a five-day impeachment trial.

 

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