‘Movement Has Only Just Begun’: Trump After Impeachment Acquittal

This was Trump’s second impeachment trial in his four-year tenure.

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Former US President Donald Trump was on Saturday, 13 February, acquitted on charges of inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol, after a majority of Republican Senators voted ‘not guilty,’ refusing to vote in favour of punishing Trump in what was his second impeachment trial.

“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” Trump said in a statement, hours after the Senate vote, reported AFP.

"In the months ahead, 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. We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future," he added.

While a two-thirds majority was needed in the 100-member US Senate to convict Trump on charges of inciting violence in the US Capitol Hill on 6 February, only 57 Senators voted in favour of holding Trump guilty, while 43 voted ‘not guilty’.

However, seven Republican senators joined the Democrats in voting for his conviction in the five-day long trial, reportedly making it the most bipartisan impeachment trial in the history of the country.

Trump described this impeachment trial, his second during his four-year tenure, as "yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country."

The House had impeached Trump on 13 January and sent the charge of inciting an insurrection to Senate to hold the trial.

What Did the Senators Say?

"There is no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," senior party leader Mitch McConnell said after he had voted to acquit Trump.

He said that his vote against conviction was based on a technicality that under the Constitution Trump could not be impeached by the House of Representatives and tried by the Senate because he was out of office, according to IANS.

Democrats and their Republican supporters, however, said that although he was no longer the president, he could still be impeached and face the penalty of being barred from running for office.

The Democratic Party leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, condemned the Republicans who voted against the conviction.

"The failure to convict Donald Trump will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the US Senate," he said, IANS reported.

‘Democracy is Fragile’: Biden Issues Statement

Hours after the Senate’s acquittal, US President Joe Biden issued a statement, saying it was a reminder that democracy was fragile.

"This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile," Biden said, according to Reuters.

(With inputs from AFP, IANS and Reuters)

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