US Senate votes to acquit Trump in second impeachment trial – Xinhua

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) – The US Senate on Saturday voted to acquit former President Donald Trump, concluding his second impeachment trial, the shortest in US history.

Seven Republican senators joined all Democratic senators in a 57-43 vote, falling short of the two-thirds majority required for Donald Trump’s conviction on the impeachment article for “incitement to insurgency” during the murderous assault on the Capitol on January 6.

Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer lamented Donald Trump’s acquittal, calling the Senate vote “un-American” and “insulting” people who love the country.

“The former president inspired, directed and propelled a crowd to violently prevent the peaceful transfer of power, subvert the will of the people and illegally keep this president in power,” Schumer said shortly after the vote.

Donald Trump has claimed victory after surviving the impeachment trial for the second time, saying his political movement “has only just begun.”

“Our historic, patriotic and magnificent movement, Make America Great Again, has only just begun. In the months to come, I have a lot to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve the American greatness for all of our people, ”the former president said in a statement.

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