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The Senate has acquitted Donald Trump in his impeachment trial. The rare Saturday session come barely one month since the deadly Jan. 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol. (Feb. 13)
- The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment and that the president shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Further, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits any person who has engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States from holding any office under the United States.
- Each senator, when his or her name is called, will stand in his or her place and they'll vote guilty or not guilty, as required by rule 23 of the Senate Rules of Impeachment. Article 1, Section 3, Clause 6 of the Constitution, regarding the vote required for conviction on impeachment, provides that, quote, "no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of 2/3 of the members present," close quote. The question is on the Article of Impeachment. Senators, how say you? Is the respondent, Donald John Trump, guilty or not guilty? A roll call vote is required and the clerk will call the roll.
- Miss Baldwin.
- Miss Baldwin, guilty.
- The yeas are 57, the nays are 43. 2/3 of the senators present, not having voted guilty, the Senate judges that respondent, Donald John Trump, former President of the United States, is not guilty, as charged in the Article of Impeachment. Residing officer directs judgment to be entered in accordance with the judgment of the Senate as follows-- the Senate, having tried Donald John Trump, former President of United States, by one article of impeachment, exhibited against him by the House of Representatives, and 2/3 of the senators present, not having found him guilty of the charge contained therein, it is therefore ordered and adjudged that the said Donald John Trump be and he is hereby acquitted of the charge in said Article.
- I move that the Senate, sitting as a court of impeachment on the article against Donald John Trump, adjourn sine die.