Trump avoids conviction in second impeachment with 57-43 Senate votes

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On Saturday, the Senate voted 57-43 in favor of convicting former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection, ending his second impeachment trial in an acquittal as the support of 67 senators was required for a conviction. With the Senate split 50-50 and just six Republican senators voting Tuesday to proceed with the trial, investors hoped for the president’s acquittal. But the proceedings helped reveal the extent to which Trump still has control over the Republican Party, which will aim to retake control of the House and Senate in next year’s election and win back the White House in 2024.

The seven Republican senators who joined the 50 House Democrats and independents in voting “guilty” were Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse from Nebraska and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania. Trump faced the charge of inciting an insurrection in the wake of the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill by his supporters, who sought to disrupt congressional certification of his defeat in the presidential election. The Democratic-led House approved the position last month, with 10 Republicans in that house supporting the former president’s second impeachment trial. During last week’s Senate trial, House managers who served as prosecutors compared Trump to a rogue fire marshal who tells a mob to start shooting and then watches “with glee” as it spreads. the fire. They showed an extensive video of the Capitol siege and Trump’s speech on January 6 just before it happened. The House Speaker, Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, told senators Saturday to think about how future generations will view their votes on Trump’s acquittal or conviction. “This is almost certainly how history will remember you,” Raskin said during his team’s closing arguments Saturday afternoon. “Our reputation and our legacy will be inextricably intertwined with what we do here and with how you exercise your oath to do fair justice, fair justice.” One of Trump’s defense attorneys, Michael van der Veen, told the Senate not to “allow the lust of impeachment,” while giving his closing arguments. “It is time to end this unconstitutional political theater. It is time to allow our nation to move forward. It is time to address the real issue that is pressuring this nation, ”van der Veen said. Last week, Trump’s defense attorneys argued that the former president was not responsible for the January 6 attack and criticized the process as a “culture of constitutional cancellation.” A conviction at trial would have come as a huge surprise, as House administrators would have had to win over more than 17 of the 50 House Republicans to get the two-thirds support that was required. Markets were expected to shrug off the proceedings, and major US equities SPX, + 0.47% DJIA, + 0.09% on Friday closed with weekly gains. Investors are more focused on talks about President Joe Biden‘s $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid proposal. The conclusion of the test came after a couple of turns on its last day. No witnesses were expected in the proceedings, but Raskin said Saturday morning that his team wanted to call Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler from Washington state after she issued a statement Friday night that said January 6 Trump resisted telling his supporters to stop storming the Capitol. The Senate then voted 55-45 in favor of calling witnesses, in a move that appeared to extend the trial. An agreement was later reached to include the congresswoman’s statement as evidence and avoid calling witnesses. See: Trump impeachment trial extended after Senate voted 55-45 on witnesses Also: Senate backs down on calling witnesses in Trump’s second impeachment trial Trump has become the first president to be accused twice, and it is also the first time the trial has taken place after he has left the White House. His first impeachment trial ended a year ago with the Senate voting to acquit him of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote was 52-48 for the abuse charge and 53-47 for obstruction, and only Romney broke with his party and joined Democrats in voting “guilty” for the first count. Now Read: The Cost of the National Guard’s Mission to Protect the US Capitol is Estimated at $ 483 Million Opinion: Despite the Capitol Insurrection, Trump was never a would-be fascist dictator