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Trump acquitted in second impeachment trial

President Trump Saturday was acquitted on an impeachment charge of inciting a riot Jan. 6 on Capitol Hill

The vote was 57-43 to convict, ten votes short of the 67 needed.

Seven GOP senators joined with all Democrats in finding Trump guilty: Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

“The facts are clear,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). “ The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Therefore, I have voted to convict.”

Trump praised the victory but expressed bitterness at the process.

“My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country,” Trump said in a statement,

“This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country,” Trump said. “No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose vote was in question until Saturday, voted to acquit. But he nevertheless condemned the former president.

“There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” he said. “The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president.”

Trump is now free to try to run again, although Democrats have suggested they will try other ways of prevent it. It is not at all clear that they will proceed, however.

Senate Majority LeaderChuck Schumer reserved his anger for Republicans.

“Just look at what Republicans have been forced to defend,” he said. “Look at what Republicans have chosen to forgive.”

After an aborted move to call witnesses, Trump’s lawyers and the House impeachment managers gave their final arguments.

Trump’s attorneys said the attack was premeditated – by the attackers.

“It proves that his words are not what set this into motion,” Trump defense attorney Michael van der Veer said.

The trial lasted only five days.

Democrats are furious that Trump will remain in political arena.

“We have a lot of other things to do. I think the worry is that the risk of incitement doesn’t go away, that the president is still going to control the sentiments of a big group of people,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., according to Politico. “As much as I would love to cast him in the waste bin, he is going to continue to influence American politics and influence a lot of his most rabid followers.”

But some believe it is time to move on from going after him, and further actions may be unlikely. “I don’t think people are interested in looking backwards at Trump,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow D-Mich.

26 thoughts on “Trump acquitted in second impeachment trial”

  1. Speaking for a group of political pundits from fly-over country that no one has ever heard of: We are mystified at the actions of the Dems during this impeachement. The actual charge was iffy at best, and pushing it forward risked allowing MrTrump to make his case in public, answer as he pleased, and call out all the bad news/cheaters that he sees.
    The final action of allowing “witnesses” was stunning to us, just astonishing. Open a can of worms? ha, how about a barrel of slime to expose on national TV when the Repubs would call Pelosi, AOC, Sanders, VPHarris, et al to testify to their calls for physical harm to MrTrump and his supporters.
    What we saw in the last few days was a group of politicians scared out of their wigs that the population doesn’t like them, wishes to bop them on their heads, and worst of all , that Mrtrump would run for reelection and win. Again.
    In a few months since the election, CA governor is being recalled, NY governor is thown on the fire of liars/cheaters, local political figures all over the US are treading carefully and it’s all because they went too far, too hard, too fast.
    Interesting times.

    1. I certainly hope so, Sara, that Demoncrats lose the House and Senate in 2022. However, I am concerned about corruption and ballot manipulation which occurred on NOV 3 in PA where I live. Even our PA State Supreme Court is corrupt being filled with activist Demoncratic judges who threw the law out the window to ensure that Biden got the “necessary” votes to be declared the winner. Demoncrats will do anything no matter how unethical or lawless it might be to maintain control. It worked this last time around with the Senate and White House. They now have experience and they got away with it.

      1. That is a huge concern and is why Republican legislatures must address electoral reform now. We shall see…. IF the playing field is level, we have a chance, especially if the Biden/Harris bungle things as badly as I expect they will. People do remember that under Trump, pre-COVID, things were really good for huge numbers of Americans.

    2. The GOP has already targeted 47 House members for 2022. I think there is concerned about the Senate. Several GOP Senators plan to retire.

      I did not watch much of the trial. Did the Dems let any members of the Squad talk?

  2. I was so hoping to hear Speaker Pelosi and Cryin’ Chuck as witnesses along with others.

    Our politicians aren’t working for us, The People. They haven’t for a long time.

  3. I was so hoping to hear Speaker Pelosi and Cryin’ Chuck as witnesses along with others.

    Our politicians aren’t working for us, The People. They haven’t for a long time.

  4. So much to say here … SRDEM65’s write-up captures a lot of it. The good news is, of course, that President has been acquitted (again). The bad news is legions … just to name a few (1) The Demoncrats won’t stop, they will continue to viciously attack President Trump, (2) the trial, like the previous one, was a charade and a disgrace to our country, (3) Trump supporters will continue be called names, harassed, intimidated if we dare to publicly speak out in support of President Trump and his policies. One more thing … I hope and pray President Trump is holding up well; he doesn’t deserve this. He did a lot of good, not only for our country, but also for average hard working Americans who love our country, care about fairness and believe in treating other people with respect. May God bless President Trump.

  5. The republicans that voted with the Democrats disgust me – there is so much doubt as to who was really behind this – & the Repubs sided with Raskin & Swalwell?
    More important perhaps – this election was stolen

  6. Thank you Father God for continuing to protect Donald Trump, our president and a good man. We praise you Lord for blessing America! Please continue to protect him and his friends and family.

  7. And now the Democrats will have to actually govern, now that they don’t have badorangeman to rail against.

    Which means they now have nothing which unites them.

    The Democrats have now become a dog eat dog Frankenstein monster of competing special interests and identity groups. It was easy to kvetch from the minority, but now they’ve actually got to enact policy, and we’ll now get to see their pecking order firsthand.

    Already, unions have been sold down the river, with the Keystone Pipeline being halted. For the first time in 40 years, the United States does not officially acknowledge Israel as an ally, a position too extreme for even King Barry the Wicked. And I’m genuinely unsure how long Catholic voters will abide having (judging by their fruits) an anti-Christian heretic in the Oval Office, concurrent with the rather heterodox actions of the present Bishop of Rome.

    All told, I’m beginning to suspect that in any conflict among the Democrats’ interest groups going forward, the one more closely associated with the Church, will be the loser in the power struggle.

    I really hope Bismarck was right about fools, drunks, and the United States of America. Yet I doubt the Almighty will continue to countenance the multitude of blasphemies being forced upon us, by the Pharisees in Washington.

    Today is but one moment in the battle of eternity. While this moment may seem to mark a moment of sanity, what will happen in the next moment, and the next, and the next?

  8. That was a huge surprise, said no body… What a waste of time. But I guess whatever it takes to protect Joke Biden from the people who are getting pissed about how bad he’s screwing things up.

  9. Below, in quotes, are the concluding remarks in the statement President Trump issued shortly after his acquittal. (QUESTION: Does this sound like an individual who is a great threat to our democracy as Demoncrats and some coward Republicans claim?)
    “In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it!
    We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future. Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. We remain one People, one family, and one glorious nation under God, and it’s our responsibility to preserve this magnificent inheritance for our children and for generations of Americans to come.
    May God bless all of you, and may God forever bless the United States of America.” President Trump, February 13, 2021

  10. My RINO Senator Burr is a turncoat and has been called out by the NCGOP. However, he’s made his money and is retiring at the end of 2022.

    I left him an unhappy voice message and wrote him an unhappy tweet. It makes no difference, but it makes me feel better.

  11. Just finished reading Politico’s “Inside the Democrats’ Witness Fiasco.” It’s troubling to read how much coordination there was between the house managers and senators (jurors) from both sides of the aisle.

    Did they really decide not to call witnesses because they wanted to get home for Valentine’s Day per Chris Coons? Can there be any less serious people in America than our senators?!!

    Also, there was no mention in the Politico article about the defense’s suggestion that they would call Pelosi and Harris. Maybe that’s why witnesses were dropped.

    1. “Can there be any less serious people in America than our senators?!!” Answer: an emphatic NO! I would take it a step further by asking, can there be any group of people in America more unethical, more hypocritical and more prone to outright lying than our senators?

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