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The US Senate has voted to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial

A two-thirds majority – 67 or more guilty votes – was required to convict the former president

In the vote, seven of the 50 Republicans in the Senate, together with the united Democrats in the Chamber, supported the condemnation

The vote came at the end of a five-day process – Mr Trump’s second impeachment trial in 12 months – which began on Jan. January took place in the same US Capitol that was raided by its followers

In a post-vote statement, Trump said the trial was another stage in the “greatest witch hunt in our country’s history”

He welcomed his second impeachment acquittal and thanked his attorneys and defense counsel in the House and Senate They “proudly stood for the Constitution we all venerate and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country”

Although acquitted, the vote resulted in most senators ever finding a president of their own party guilty of impeachment

Republican Senators, Richard Burr from North Carolina, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, Susan Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, Mitt Romney from Utah, Ben Sasse from Nebraska and Patrick Toomey from Pennsylvania all voted guilty

After Mr Trump on 20 After resigning on January 1st, a successful impeachment conviction could not be used to remove him from power

But the Democrats had hoped to obtain a conviction to hold him responsible for the siege of the Capitol that killed five people, including a police officer

A conviction would also have created the conditions for a vote to prevent him from serving in public office again

Given the possibility of holding office in the future, Mr. Trump would not hesitate to encourage political violence again

Despite the “not guilty” vote for inciting insurrection, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the former president had practical and moral responsibility for provoking the insurrection in the Capitol

“There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” he said after the verdict,

“The people who stormed this building believed they were responding to the wishes and orders of their president”

But Senator McConnell said it was unconstitutional to condemn Mr Trump now that he is out of office and a private citizen

He said Mr Trump had orchestrated “an aggravating crescendo of conspiracy theories” describing the former president as “determined to either overturn the electoral decision or set our institutions on fire on the way out”

“President Trump is still liable for everything he did while in office as a normal citizen,” said Senator McConnell

Senator Chuck Schumer also spoke after the vote that the 6th January would live as “Day of Shame” in American history and the acquittal vote as “Day of Shame in United States Senate history”

The top Senate Democrat applauded the seven Republicans who had joined the Democrats in condemning Mr Trump

But he called the day of the riot the “last, terrible legacy” of the former president, adding the stain of Mr. Trump’s actions would never be “washed away” “

Democratic Congresswoman Madeleine Dean said the senators are in “dialogue with history”

“What we are doing here, what is being asked of each of us here at this moment, will be remembered,” she said before the vote

Members of US President Donald Trump’s failed presidential campaign played key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that sparked a deadly attack on the US Capitol

They argued that he began a month-long orchestrated pattern of violent rhetoric and false claims – which they labeled a “big lie” – that unleashed the mob that stormed the Capitol

The defense countered that Mr Trump’s words were not meant to incite violence and that the impeachment was nothing more than a “witch hunt” designed to prevent him from being back in office

Last month the US House of Representatives indicted Mr Trump before he stepped down for incitement to insurrection

It came after the violent mob break into the Capitol, property demolition, and hunt down of politicians as they counted the votes in the presidential election

Mr Trump is only the third U.S. President to be indicted by Parliament – a move that is akin to a criminal charge – as well as the first to be tried twice and the first to face impeachment after he leaves office stands

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