On Saturday afternoon, the Senate moved into a voting procedure to answer if Donald Trump was guilty of the articles of impeachment against him.
Democratic leadership initially tried to impeach the former President of “incitement of insurrection.”
While most of the Senate voted to impeach Trump, they failed to receive the supermajority of votes.
57 Senators voted to impeach the former President leaving the 10 votes shy of the required 67.
Of those 57 Senators, 7 were Republicans.
Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, was forced to announce that the Senate failed to receive the two-thirds needed to convict Trump.
“(Donald J Trump is) hereby acquitted of the charge,” Leahy announced to the Senate.
Trump responded to the victory by saying he would present a “vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.”
The former President voiced his frustration and said, “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.”
“No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago,” Trump’s statement said.
According to the Associated Press, the 7 Republican guilty votes were the most defective by a President’s party in an impeachment trial.
The vote comes after a day filled with controversy concerning the calling of witnesses.
Earlier in the morning, the Senate approved a motion to support their ability to subpoena witnesses.
According to NBC, “Both sides have been eager to wrap up the trial, with Democrats needing Senate floor time to advance a Covid-19 relief package and Republicans wanting to put behind them the January 6th Capitol riot Trump is accused of inciting.”
Fox News is reporting the 7 Senators that voted to convict are Richard Burr. Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey.
Despite opposition from Trump’s own party, this impeachment cycle set many precedents for potential future impeachments.
Former President Donald J Trump will be the first president to ever be impeached and acquitted twice.
This impeachment trial has also been the shortest impeachment in American history.
Trump’s second impeachment trial process only lasted five days.
Even Senator Ted Cruz admitted that the impeachment trial on Saturday was quite bizarre.
“At this point, it’s pandemonium,” Cruz told reporters.
Eyes turned to Senator Mitch McConnell, who initially voiced his frustration with the former President.
McConnell, however, did not vote to impeach former President Trump.
“We have no power to convict and disqualify a former officeholder who is now a private citizen,” McConnell said in his own remarks.
Though this damage of the impeachment may be over, Congress has a long way to go to repair the division that the trial has done to our country.
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