Impeachment Briefing: The Senate Acquits Trump
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what happened today
Mr. Trump was acquitted for the second time in 13 months. Senate Voted 5.-43 In favor of convicting him – not enough to satisfy the required two-thirds majority.
Democrats needed 17 Republicans to vote with Mr. Trump to indict him Provoke a rebellion. In the end, he received seven: Senator Richard M. of North Carolina. Burr, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Patrick J. of Pennsylvania. Tome
Mr. impeachment managers unexpectedly called witnesses and then abruptly dropped the request, following a deal with Trump’s defense team to file a written statement from Washington representative Jaime Herrera Beutler – a Republican said He was told that Mr. Trump partyed with rioters While they were attacking the Capitol.
Shortly after the judgment was pronounced, Mr. Trump sent a statement quoting “witch hunt”, claiming he was being manipulated. He also suggested that Democrats’ attempt to end his political career had failed, telling his supporters, “Make America Great Again, our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement has only just begun.”
The next judge of history is
Twenty-three Republicans voted to acquit Mr. Trump to incite rebellion against the United States – more than enough to prevent a two-thirds majority sentence. Mr. Trump was found not guilty, a verdict which he immediately observed.
And yet seven Republicans voted to convict him, the most bipartisan impeachment attempt ever made in American history. It is worth remembering that until a year ago, when Mr. Romney voted Republican “guilty” in Mr. Trump’s first impeachment case, no senator voted to convict a president of his party Had given.
A two-thirds majority to convict Mr. Trump, which cleared the way for a simple-majority vote to prevent him from holding a future office, was not always exceptionally likely, and everyone involved would call it already knew. That was the reason – as Peter Baker, the White House correspondent for The Times, Wrote two days ago – Managers of House impeachment often seemed to speak less to the Senate than to history.
Representative Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, an impeachment manager, stated it unequivocally: “If we do not determine this right and call it the highest of constitutional offenses by the President of the United States, then the past will not be the past.” . The past will become our future. “Senator, we are in conversation with history.”
In speeches and statements after the vote, many Republicans who voted to acquit Mr. Trump still held him responsible for the attack on the Capitol. The minority leader was Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
“People assumed that there was a storm in this building, they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president,” Mr. McConnell said, “and this belief was a result of a growing crescendo of misconceptions, conspiracy theories and reckless exaggeration. Was the defeated president who shouted at the largest megaphone on planet Earth. “
Mr McConnell cited the reason for his “not guilty” vote that Mr Trump was no longer in office – even if it was Mr. McConnell, who blocked the Senate from starting the trial While Mr. Trump was in office.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised that argument to register an unexpected appearance at the Democratic news conference after voting.
“It is so pathetic that Senator McConnell kept the Senate closed, so that the Senate could not receive the impeachment article and used it as an excuse not to vote to convict Donald Trump,” she said.
Still, it was striking that the leader of the Senate Republican incited Mr. Trump to use language that could be tried on the part of House managers to convict him – something he hadn’t done the last time. Mr Trump was impeached.
“A mob was attacking him in the Capitol in his name. These criminals were carrying their banners, hanging their flags and shouting their allegiance, ”Mr. McConnell said. “There is no question, no one, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for instigating the events of the day.”
Ultimately, it can also be a verdict of history.
What else are we studying
The Justice Department has not planned to focus on Trump in investigating the riots, but the evidence could clarify – and possibly cause more harm – Picture of his role in the attack.
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