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Democrats defend their impeachment strategy after acquittal

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House impeachment managers are standing by their performance after the Senate voted to acquit former President Trump in his second impeachment trial. Meanwhile, Republicans are split on what Mr. Trump’s influence in the party should be going forward. Skyler Henry reports.

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JERICKA DUNCAN: A day after the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in a historic second impeachment trial, leaders on both sides are speaking out. So is Mr. Trump's son, Eric, posting this on Twitter. 2 nothing.

CBS's is Skyler Henry is at the White House for us tonight and has more. Skyler, good evening.

SKYLER HENRY: Hey, Jericka, good evening to you. Well there's a new fissure in the Republican Party after former President Trump was acquitted again. Tonight he remains a potent force. Now and into the next political cycle.

PATRICK LEAHY: He is hereby acquitted of the charge.

SKYLER HENRY: House impeachment managers are standing by their strategy after the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump.

JAMIE RASKIN: So I thought that I successfully demolished them at the trial, but, you know, there's no reasoning with people who basically are, you know, acting like members of a religious cult and when they leave office should be selling flowers at Dulles Airport.

SKYLER HENRY: 2/3 of the Senate was needed to convict the former president. Seven Republicans sided with Democrats, including newly re-elected Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy. He was immediately censured by the state's GOP for his guilty vote.

BILL CASSIDY: The Republican Party is more than just one person. The Republican Party is about ideas.

SKYLER HENRY: But other Republicans disagree, insisting Mr. Trump is vital for the party's success in next year's midterms.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: My goal is to win in 2022 to stop the most radical agenda I've seen coming out of the Democratic presidency of Joe Biden. We can't do that without Donald Trump. So he's ready to hit the trail and I'm ready to work with him.

SKYLER HENRY: Others are cutting ties. In a statement, President Biden said even those who oppose the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a disgraceful dereliction of duty and practically and morally responsible for provoking the violence unleashed on the Capitol.

MITCH MCCONNELL: If President Trump were still in office, I would have carefully considered whether the house managers proved their specific charge.

SKYLER HENRY: But those words outraged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She pointed out it was McConnell, who chose to delay the start of the trial until after January 20th.

NANCY PELOSI: It was a very disingenuous speech.

SKYLER HENRY: Mr. Trump may have cleared two impeachment trials, but he's still in legal jeopardy, including close scrutiny of his business practices in New York before he became president. Jericka?

JERICKA DUNCAN: Skyler Henry. Thank you.