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US Senate Votes to Acquit Donald Trump of Impeachment Charges

The US Senate has voted to acquit former president Donald J. Trump on charges of incitement of insurrection.

Posted: Feb 13, 2021 3:00 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2021 3:13 PM

The Senate voted 57-43 to acquit President Trump of inciting the January 6 riot in his second impeachment trial. While a majority — with seven Republicans joining the Democrats — voted to impeach him, Democrats failed to get the two-thirds majority needed to convict.

Exactly one month after the House voted to impeach Mr. Trump for incitement of insurrection, the Senate voted 57-43 to acquit the former president on the single impeachment charge.

Seven Republicans — Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania — joined with Democrats in finding the former president guilty. Sixty-seven votes were needed to convict Mr. Trump.

"Two-thirds of the senators present not having voted guilty, the Senate adjudges that the respondent, Donald John Trump, former president of the United States, is not guilty as charged on the article of impeachment," Leahy declared.

Although the vote from seven Republican senators fell short of what was needed for conviction, the vote marked a bipartisan show against Mr. Trump. In Mr. Trump's first impeachment, only Romney voted to convict him on one of the two articles approved by the House.

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