Trump acquitted by Senate in second impeachment trial

Sunday, 14 Feb, 2021

US President Joe Biden has said his predecessor Donald Trump's acquittal for inciting mob violence is a reminder that "democracy is fragile".

U.S. Senate voted on Saturday and acquitted former President Donald Trump, concluding his second impeachment trial which is the shortest one in the U.S. history.

A majority of USA senators, including seven Republicans, voted 57 to 43 in favour of convicting Trump on a charge of incitement to insurrection.

"I think it's also the most ill-advised legislative action that I've seen in my lifetime", Mr Schoen said. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska told reporters. More than a third of the chamber, all Republicans, have twice voted that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional since Trump now is a private citizen.

"We left it totally out there on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and every senator knew exactly what happened".

And to make clear he believes Trump is the future of the GOP, Graham talked up a Lara Trump Senate run and swiped at Nikki Haley for saying Republicans can't follow Trump again. After a late night of discussions about how to address Herrera Beutler's claims, and an early morning meeting, the impeachment managers informed Senate Democrats five minutes before the trial began that they had chose to call witnesses, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Instead, the two legal teams soon agreed to admit as evidence a written statement by a Republican congresswoman who has said she was told that Mr Trump sided with the mob as rioters were attacking the Capitol.

To many Republicans in Congress, Democrats were merely impeaching Trump for being Trump.

He was acquitted in what was then a Republican-controlled Senate in February past year. He turns 79 next Saturday and doesn't face reelection for nearly six years.

Coons said he favors a September 11-style commission to probe further into Trump's actions leading up to and on the day of the Capitol attack. He did not dwell on his own refusal to call the Senate back to hear the case while Trump was still president, except to say that he had been right "not to entertain some light-speed sham process to try to outrun the loss of jurisdiction".

Cassidy, 63 and a physician, had initially sided with the vast majority of Senate Republicans who voted last month to block the trial from moving forward.

The program then transitioned to a review of the arguments presented by Bruce Castor and Michael van der Veen - Trump's lawyers - during the trial, mocking the ambling disposition of Castor (played by Mikey Day) and the outbursts of van der Veen (played by Pete Davidson), who repeatedly mentioned his ties to Philadelphia.

In his statement, Casey said Trump summoned his supporters to Washington on January 6 "for one more attack on American democracy".

But this was after he gave Trump an escape hatch for the ages, voting to acquit him on the grounds that the Senate, in his view, can not legitimately try a president out of office.

Graham reiterated "we need Trump-plus" and said Haley's "wrong about President Trump".

Sasse has long criticized Trump's authoritarian streak.

"His betrayal of the constitution and his oath of office requires conviction", Toomey said Saturday.

The House impeachment managers opened the final day of the trial by announcing they would seek to depose Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., who had shared her account of a call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.