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Donald Trump was acquitted of instigating the uprising Only seven Republican Senators voted for the charges against him

Donald Trump has issued a statement in which he deciphered the impeachment proceedings against him as a “witch hunt” after he was accused of inciting the deadly uprising on Jan. January was acquitted in the Capitol

The indictment against Mr. Trump required a two-thirds majority of 67 votes in favor of impeachment

In a statement released immediately after the vote, the former President’s office said: “This was yet another phase in the greatest witch hunt in our country’s history”

“It is a sad comment of our day that a political party in America is given a vacant passport to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, apologize for rioters and turn justice into a tool of political vengeance and to pursue, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints that they disagree with, “the statement reads

“I am and always will be an advocate of the unshakable rule of law, law enforcement heroes, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably discuss the issues of the day without malice and hatred”

In response, Senate Supreme Democrat Chuck Schumer said that the 6th January will forever be remembered as the “Day of Shame” in American history

Mr. Schumer, who entered the Senate after the vote, called the day of the uprising the “last, terrible legacy” of Mr. Trump, adding that the stain on his actions will never be “washed away”

In a follow-up tweet, he said that Mr Trump’s actions during the uprising were “contrary to our democracy”

Donald Trump inspired, led and drove a mob to forcibly prevent the peaceful transfer of power, undermine the will of the people and keep them in power illegallyThere is nothing more un-American than thatThere is nothing more contrary to our democracy

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted in favor of Mr. Trump’s acquittal, also delivered an ardent speech following the vote condemning the former president’s conduct as a “shameful violation of duty”

“The 6 January was a shame American citizens attacked their own government, “McConnell said on the floor of the Senate

He said the pro-Trump rioters were “fed wild lies” by the most powerful man in the world who was “angry that he lost an election”

“There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” said McConnell. “There is no question that the people who stormed this building believed they were following their president’s wishes and instructions react

“This belief was a predictable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories and ruthless exaggerations that the defeated president repeatedly shouted into the world’s largest megaphone

“It was an artificial atmosphere of impending disaster, the increasingly wild myths about a landslide election, a secret coup by our current president”

Mr. McConnell accused Mr. Trump of “not doing his job” during the riots and accused him of “happily watching TV” during the demonstrations

“A mob attacked the Capitol on his behalf. These criminals carried his banners, hung his flags and shouted their loyalty to him It was obvious that only President Trump could end this,” he said

“Former aides publicly asked for loyal allies to be desperately called in. President did not act quickly. He did not do his job. He did not take steps to enforce federal law and restore order. No Instead, he was happily watching TV, according to public reports the chaos unfolded He kept pushing his plans to overthrow the election ”

“Later, when the president finally half-heartedly started calling for peace, he didn’t immediately call for the end of the riot. He didn’t tell the mob to leave until later. And even then, when the police were bleeding, he kept repeating Election lies and praised the criminals ”

However, Mr. McConnell then explained his reason for the acquittal vote, saying the Senate had no power to punish the former president

Seven Republican Senators voted for impeachment – Richard Burr, Ben Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey, as expected, all Democratic Senators voted for condemnation

The impeachment lawsuit passed by the democratically controlled House of Representatives in January stated that Mr. Trump “threatened the integrity of the democratic system, disrupted peaceful transfers of power, and endangered an equal branch of government”

“In doing so, he has betrayed his confidence as President in the obvious violation of the people in the United States,” reads the impeachment proceedings

In his final argument, House Attorney Jamie Raskin said that Trump’s “breach of duty … was central to, and inseparable from, his incitement to the insurrection”

“It is now unequivocally clear that Trump supported the mob’s actions and that’s why he must be judged. It’s that simple, ”he said

The acquittal follows a chaotic morning when the Senate unexpectedly voted to call witnesses who could have changed the course of the process

It came after details of an angry phone conversation between Mr Trump and Republican leader of the House Kevin McCarthy emerged that appeared to show that Mr Trump was supportive of the Capitol rioters

The call sparked a debate which initially resulted in the Senate voting to admit witnesses before those changes were reversed

Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, who remembered the conversation between the two on Jan. January suggested that Mr Trump support the rioters

She said when Mr McCarthy asked the President to retrieve his supporters, Mr Trump replied, “I think these people are just angrier and angry about the elections than you”

Leading Democratic District Attorney Jamie Raskin of Maryland asked for Ms. Beutler’s account to be deposited, sparking a debate about who might be asked to testify

Mr Trump’s Twitter account was shut down after the riots on Jan. Deactivated January 1, in which five people were killed and more than 140 injured after hundreds of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol

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