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US Senate acquits Trump as Republicans save him in impeachment again

Posté : dim. 14 févr. 2021 10:07
par geemong
US Senate acquits Trump as Republicans save him in impeachment again

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The US Senate acquitted Donald Trump on Saturday (Feb 13) in his second impeachment trial in a year, with fellow Republicans blocking
conviction over the former president's role in the deadly assault by his supporters on the US Capitol.

The Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection after
a five-day trial in the same building ransacked by his followers on Jan 6 shortly after they heard him deliver an incendiary speech.

In the vote, seven of the 50 Senate Republicans joined the chamber's unified Democrats in favouring conviction.

Trump left office on Jan 20, so impeachment could not be used to remove him from power. But Democrats had hoped to secure
a conviction to hold him responsible for a siege that left five people including a police officer dead and to set the stage for a vote to bar
him from ever serving in public office again. Given the chance to hold office in the future, they argued, Trump would not hesitate to
encourage political violence again.

Trump's attorneys argued that his words at the rally were protected by his constitutional right to free speech and said he was not given
due process in the proceedings.

Republicans saved Trump in the Feb 5, 2020, vote in his first impeachment trial, when only one senator from their ranks - Mitt Romney -
voted to convict and remove him from office.

Romney voted for impeachment on Saturday along with fellow Republicans Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Ben Sasse,
Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted "not guilty", offered scathing remarks about the former president after the verdict.

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