ACQUITTED: Senate fails to impeach Donald Trump

Former president Donald Trump has been acquitted this evening in his Senate impeachment trial.

Mr. Trump faced his second impeachment trial on charges of inciting an insurrection on Capitol Hill following his January 6 rally against the results of the US presidential election.

Today’s Senate majority of 57-43 votes was not enough to convict the former president however, as Democrats failed to win over enough Republican senators to reach the crucial supermajority of 67 votes needed for Trump’s conviction and barring from ever holding federal office again.

Republicans Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey all voted with Democrats in finding Trump guilty of the charge, but the remaining Republican support for the former president was enough to secure his acquittal.

The decision means Trump’s road to another presidential bid remains wide open, with some speculating that the American public will now see much more of the business magnet and populist leader.

This impeachment trial was the shortest in presidential history, lasting only five days, besting only his previous impeachment trial which lasted 21 days.

Democrats had accused the 45th president of inciting an insurrection after Trump told his supporters to “fight like hell” on January 6 against what he believed was a fraudulent election.

The former president’s legal team argued that the quote was not meant literally, and played an extended compilation of Democrats calling their supporters to “fight” on other occasions.

Donald Trump issued a statement after the vote saying the “movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun.”

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