Impeachment To Donald Trump: The Senate Acquits The Former President Of The United States In His Impeachment For The Assault On The Capitol

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February 13, 2021

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Trump is the first American president to face impeachment twice.

Donald Trump was acquitted this Saturday in his second impeachment trial in the United States Senate.

In the US Upper House not enough votes were reached for the former president to be convicted of “incitement to insurrection” due to the events of January 6 on Capitol Hill.

57 congressmen (50 Democrats and 7 Republicans) voted to convict Trump, while 43 chose to acquit him. It took 67 votes (two thirds of the Senate) to convict the former president.

The impeachment was related to the performance of the former president when a group of his followers stormed the Capitol on the same day that Congress met to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential elections.

That day, Trump told his supporters to make their voices heard “peacefully and patriotically.”

He also told them that they had to fight with all their might, otherwise they would be left without a country.

A crowd of his supporters surrounded Congress, overwhelmed security forces and forced their way inside the Capitol, causing chaos in which four protesters and a police officer were killed.

Historical case

This impeachment trial began with an unprecedented decision when, on January 13, Trump became the only president in the history of the United States to be the subject of two impeachments during his term.

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Representatives of the Democratic Party argued that Trump should be convicted.

The indictment, which was approved by the House of Representatives, argued that the former president repeated “falsely” that the results of the presidential elections were fraudulent and that they should not be accepted by the American people or certified by state or federal authorities.

It also considered that the ex-president incited the mob attack on Congress and that, with this, he seriously endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government, threatening the integrity of the democratic system and interfering with the peaceful transfer of power.

Trump reaction

Shortly after the Senate vote was released, Trump’s office issued a statement stating that the impeachment was “the greatest witch hunt in US history.”

The statement does not mention the January 6 assault, but reiterates that Democrats are the party that supports rioters and mobs.

“Our historic, patriotic, and beautiful movement to make America great again has just begun. In the months to come 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,” he says. Trump’s statement.

What did Biden say?

US President Joe Biden said Saturday that Trump’s acquittal is a reminder that democracy is fragile and that all Americans have a duty to uphold the truth.

“This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile,” Biden said in a statement hours after the Senate failed to muster the two-thirds majority necessary to convict Trump.

“While the final vote did not result in a conviction, on the merits, the charge is not in dispute. Even those who oppose the conviction, such as Senate Minority Leader (Mitch) McConnell, believe that Donald Trump he was guilty of ‘shameful neglect of duty’ and ‘practically and morally responsible for provoking’ the violence unleashed on Capitol Hill, “Biden said.

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Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as sessions were held to certify votes for Joe Biden.

What can this mean for Joe Biden?

Anthony Zurcher, BBC journalist in the United States

Joe Biden’s impeachment strategy was to keep his distance.

White House officials said they were not monitoring the progress of the process. In addition, during the trial, he kept a busy schedule of events related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Biden administration’s calculation is that your long-term political capital will depend on your success in fighting COVID-19, the economy, and other concerns of the American population, nothing related to the outcome of Trump’s impeachment.

In the end, the trial had little impact. In fact, the Senate lost only three days of activity on impeachment.

With the trial over, the Senate will resume confirmation of the Biden administration’s appointments.

All of this may be good news for the president and his team.

However, if the Democratic base begins to see that the price of moving forward with Biden’s political agenda was not holding Trump fully accountable for the assault on Capitol Hill and conducting a speedy trial without witness statements, it may pay a price. political anyway.

In the political battles to come, the president needs a united Democratic Party. If there are doubts after this impeachment, cracks could start to emerge.

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