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Trump impeachment trial vote acquits him in historic second impeachment proceeding

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The Trump impeachment trial vote acquitted him for a second time, in a vote of 57-43 with seven Republicans crossing the aisle and judging him guilty.

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PATRICK LEAHY: 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 Articles of Impeachment. Presiding 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 the 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 a judge that the said Donald Trump-- he is hereby acquitted of the charge in said Article.

JOE NEGUSE: So, I mean, the argument that because President Trump has left office, he shouldn't be impeached for conduct committed while he was in office doesn't make sense. I mean, why would the Constitution include the impeachment power at all if the criminal justice system serves as a suitable alternative once the president leaves office? It wouldn't. Impeachment is a remedy separate and apart from the criminal justice system, and for good reason. The presidency, I mean, it comes with special powers, extraordinary powers, not bestowed on ordinary citizens.

BRUCE CASTOR JR: The court clearly directed all to know that elected officials hold the highest protections of speech, the highest protections. They know they cannot satisfy the existing constitutional standard set forth by the United States Supreme Court that has existed for more than half a century.