Former US President Donald Trump has been acquitted by the Senate House of encouraging his supporters to attack the US Capitol on January 6.
The Senate voted to acquit Trump by 57-43 however the Democrats needed a two-thirds majority for a guilty verdict to have been given.
The count was short ten votes for impeachment.
Seven Republicans- Senators Ben Sasse, Mitt Romney, Richard Burr, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Patrick Toomey and Bill Cassidy sided with Democrats on the charge of guilty.
If the former president had been found guilty the Senate could have further voted to prevent him from ever holding office again.
Trump’s office realised a statement after he was acquitted: “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.”
In repeating the claim the Democrats are the party supporting rioters the statement continues: “It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters…
“Our historic patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. 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.”
Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer addressed the house saying: “January 6 will live as a day of infamy in the United States. The failure to convict Donald Trump will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the United States Senate.”
The New York Senator insisted Trump’s legacy will forever be tainted by this scandal as well as criticising the 43 senators who voted in favour of Trump saying they “signed their names alongside his” in the history books.
Republican Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell, who sided with Democrats, criticised Trump for promoting the claims about election fraud and then for not stopping the mob “as the chaos unfolded”.
“Trump is still liable for everything he did while in office.
“He didn’t get away with everything he did, yet. Yet. We have a criminal justice system in this country.
“We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being accountable by either one.”
McConnell stated he could not convict the former president as he is now a private citizen: “We have no power to convict and disqualify a former officeholder who is now a private citizen”.
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