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Senators condemned Donald Trump's actions but acquitted him of inciting the horrific attack at the US Capitol on January 6th, concluding a historic impeachment trial that exposed the fragility of America's democratic traditions. (February 13)
- The ayes are 57. The nays are 43, 2/3 of the senators present not having voted guilty. The Senate judges that the respondent Donald John Trump, former president of the United States, is not guilty as charged in the article of impeachment.
ERIC TUCKER: I do think that the vote total is notable. If you look at the vote from last year's impeachment, there was only one Republican, Senator Mitt Romney, who voted to convict Donald Trump of any of the charges against him. Here you have seven, which is the number that was effectively speculated about, or roughly what people have been expecting. And I think that that's significant. Obviously, it was nowhere close to being enough to convict, but it's still it's still notable.
MITCH MCCONNELL: There's no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.
ERIC TUCKER: Mitch McConnell has condemned the violence and Trump's rhetoric leading up to it. However, he voted to acquit and he made that clear this morning. And one reason that he gave was that he said that now that Trump is a former president, if he committed wrongdoing, if he committed criminal conduct, he can be investigated and prosecuted by the Justice Department and that that would be the natural agency, not the Senate, to handle any sort of investigation and punishment.
CHUCK SCHUMER: The final terrible legacy of the 43rd president of the United States, and undoubtedly our worst. Let it live on in infamy.
ERIC TUCKER: Senator Schumer said that the actions of the president on January 6 will live in infamy in the history of America and that the vote to acquit him will live in infamy in the history of the United States Senate. He warned his fellow senators that in acquitting Trump, they will be establishing a dangerous precedent that could effectively let off the hook any former president, including in their own party, in anyone's party, for fear bad actions, bad conduct.