U.S. Senate acquits Donald Trump in second impeachment trial

All the Democrats delivered a guilty verdict, but not enough Republicans agreed, preventing the required two-thirds majority

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      Donald J. Trump can run for president in 2024 if he so desires.

      That's because he's been acquitted by the Senate on the article of impeachment brought forward by the House of Representatives.

      All 48 Democrats and two independents voted to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection on January 6.

      Seven Republicans also voted to convict Trump, including former 2012 presidential candidate Mitch Romney. But that fell short of the two-third majority required for a guilty verdict in the 100-seat Senate.

      Other Republican senators who voted to convict were Richard Burr (North Carolina), Bill Cassidy (Louisiana), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Ben Sase (Nebraska), and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania).

      The House article of impeachment accused Trump of subverting and obstructing the certification of the results of the 2020 president election by inciting a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol.

      Forty-three of the 50 Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump.

      Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the case against Trump was "open and shut".

      In addition, Schumer said that Trump told his "big lie" that the election was stolen, laying the groundwork in the months before election night.

      Then he repeated it on election night and repeated it more than 100 times in the weeks afterward. Then, according to Schumer, he assembled his supporters in Washington on January 6, whipped them into a frenzy, and then directed them toward the Capitol.

      Schumer added that Trump's own vice president had to flee for his life, yet Trump did nothing.

      "The most despicable act that any president has ever committed and the majority of Republicans cannot summon the courage or morality to condemn it," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

      Schumer also saluted the "Republican patriots" who voted to convict Trump.

      Video: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Donald Trump's second impeachment trial was "open and shut".

      Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was among those who voted for an acquittal despite delivering a scathing speech condemning Trump.

      McConnell claimed that the former president fed falsehoods to the rioters, describing Trump's action as a "disgraceful dereliction of duty".

      In addition, McConnell said there's no question that Trump was responsible for what happened on January 6 when rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

      "I defended the president's rights to bring any complaints to our legal system—the legal system spoke, the electoral college spoke," McConnell said.

      But after that occurred, McConnell said, the outlandish claims continued. And as the chaos unfolded on January 6, Trump watched television happily.

      However, McConnell defended his vote by saying that Trump is "not constitutionally eligible" for conviction, while acknowledging that the test is "legitimately ambiguous".

      In his speech, McConnell maintained that article 2, section 4 of the U.S. constitution "exhausts the legitimate grounds for conviction" because Trump is not a sitting president.

      "We have no power to convict and disqualify a former president who is now a private citizen."

      Moreover, McConnell didn't let Trump off the hook legally.

      "Trump is still liable for prosecution for everything he did," McConnell declared.

      Video: Watch Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell condemn Donald Trump while justifying his "not guilty" verdict.