US Senate clears Trump of inciting Capitol storming

Pablo Tucker
February 14, 2021

"That we must be ever vigilant", Biden said in a statement after Trump's trial on charges he incited the mob that overran Congress on January 6.

McConnell walks from his office to the Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday.

Democrats also warned that if Republicans did not help convict Trump, it would set a risky new precedent where a president could not be held accountable during the final weeks of an administration.

"He invited them. He incited them".

Seven Republican senators voted to convict Trump, after 10 GOP House members voted to impeach Trump for inciting the mob that breached the U.S. Capitol.

Despite escaping conviction, Trump was nevertheless condemned by the Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, in a statement issued following the trial.

Speaking after avoid conviction for a second time, Trump welcomed his acquittal, dismissing the charges as a "witch hunt" and adding that his political movement "has only just begun".

"The vast majority of the Senate Republican caucus, including the Republican leader, voted to acquit former President Trump, signing their names in the columns of History alongside his name-forever", Schumer said. A vote of 67 or two-thirds of the majority was needed in order for Trump to have been found guilty of inciting the riot and violent mob that attacked the Capitol Building on January 6 where several Senators' lives were in danger and several people were killed. "This was the most bipartisan verdict in American history, a strong rebuke to President Trump, but frankly at the end of the day, the trial had reached its natural conclusion".

"The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president".

Casey argued Trump bears responsibility for an attack that led to at least five deaths in the Capitol and injuries to almost 140 members of law enforcement.

Trump's legal team asserted the article of impeachment violates the former president's right to free speech and that an impeachment trial of a private citizen, which had no precedent until Trump's case, is unconstitutional. Only two other presidents have been impeached, while Trump is the only man to face the process twice.

"Everyone knows you can not impeach a former president", Bennett said.

In their arguments, nine Democratic House impeachment managers, using security footage of the riot and quoting rioters defending their actions by saying Trump invited them, argued that it was Trump who called his followers to Washington, fight for a "stolen" election, failed to act during the riot, and showed no remorse afterwards.

The senator also said he believes the impeachment set a unsafe precedent. After a late night of discussions about how to address Herrera Beutler's claims, and an early morning meeting, the impeachment managers informed Senate Democrats five minutes before the trial began that they had chose to call witnesses, according to a person familiar with the discussions. "As a result of President Trump's actions, for the first time in American history, the transfer of presidential power was not peaceful", Toomey said.

"Tribalism is a hell of a drug, but our oath to the Constitution means we're constrained to the facts", Sasse said Saturday.

"The former President attacked the foundational principles of our democracy and the peaceful transfer of power", Casey said in his statement.

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