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Donald J Trump is acquitted

by Staff reporter
13 Feb 2021 at 20:54hrs | Views
Former President Donald Trump has been acquitted by the Senate on the charge of inciting the 6 January riot.

The Senate voted to acquit Trump 57-43, with seven Republicans (Senators Sasse, Romney, Burr, Collins, Murkowski, Toomey and Cassidy) joining Democrats on the charge of incitement.

Democrats needed two-thirds of the Senate to vote guilty to convict.

Impeachment charges are political, not criminal. An impeachment acquittal essentially means the Senate did not find cause to remove a president from office.

Of course, Trump is no longer in office. But if Trump had been convicted, the Senate could also have voted to prevent the former president from ever holding office again.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives approved the article of impeachment on 13 January, with the support of 10 Republicans.

Source - BBC

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