Sen. Tuberville doubles down on Pence evacuation story after Trump impeachment vote

Sunday, 14 Feb, 2021

Former President Donald Trump is responding to Saturday's Senate vote acquitting him of an impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection.

Biden said despite the acquittal, "the substance of the charge is not in dispute".

"The vast majority of the Senate Republican caucus, including the Republican leader, voted to acquit former President Trump, signing their names in the columns of History alongside his name-forever", Schumer said.

Mr Trump welcomed the outcome and said: "Our historic, patriotic and lovely movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun".

He expanded on his rationale on the Senate floor after Saturday's roll call, making clear his enmity toward Mr. Trump's actions. He said he wouldn't vote against his own conscience "simply because it is politically convenient".

"Even holding conferences or events at Trump properties will be a problem for large publicly traded companies, or companies that provide a direct to consumer product", she said.

The 43 Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump - some of them hiding behind specious constitutional objections and ignoring the precedents for convicting a former officeholder - have shamed themselves rather than offend Trump's base.

"For the long-term health of our democracy, I voted to convict and send a strong message to future generations that attacks on America's democratic values will not be swept under the rug", he said. "It doesn't belong to anyone else".

Republicans also saved Trump in the February 5, 2020, vote in his previous impeachment trial, when only one senator from their ranks - Mitt Romney - voted to convict and remove him from office.

Donald Trump was accused of inciting riots in the US Capitol on January 6 which left five people dead. "House managers made fools of themselves".

It withered completely last month, after Republicans lost Senate control with two Georgia run-off defeats they blamed on Mr. Trump, and the savage attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters.

The flip-flop came after discussion of a phone call between the former USA president and a top Republican official, Kevin McCarthy, while the riot was going on.

Haley also dismissed speculation Trump will seek the presidency in 2024.

Two are more vulnerable. Battered at times by vindictive presidential tweets, McConnell made a habit of saying nothing about many of Trump's outrageous comments.

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on January 13, a week after the chaotic assault that stunned the nation and provoked widespread bipartisan outrage.

The Senate will now be in a position to swiftly confirm Biden's cabinet appointees and work on his legislative agenda as the country struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic and severe economic woes.

"The stakes could not be higher because the cold, hard truth is that what happened on 6 January can happen again", Representative Joe Neguse said.