WASHINGTON (FNN) – The Teflon Don walks once more. The U.S. Senate ruled 57 guilty to 43 not guilty votes, falling below the 63 votes required for conviction, thereby granting former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment acquittal. Seventeen Republican votes would have been required in addition to all 50 Democratic votes. While that number never reached seventeen, still a historic seven senators voted to impeach a president of their own party. Likewise, a historic ten Republican U.S. Representatives voted guilty against a president of their own party.
Former President Trump Reacts
Former President Trump released a statement the moment the verdict came, saying in part, “It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree.”
Trump thanked his attorneys and lawmakers in the House and Senate “who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.”
Trump’s historic second impeachment trial began Tuesday, February 9 with the U.S. Senate voting on the constitutionality of holding an impeachment trial for a president that is no longer in office. The Senate voted that the constitutionality was valid, which led to a harrowing four days of arguments between the House Impeachment Managers and Trump’s defense attorneys.
The House impeachment managers presented new footage of the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, pressing their conclusion that Trump caused the insurrection by priming his supporters for months. Conversely, Trump’s attorneys argued that Trump told his supporters to protest “peacefully and patriotically,” and that he, contrary to media accounts, immediately responded when the carnage began at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump’s statement further added, “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people.”
In a press gaggle following the acquittal, Trump’s defense attorney Michael van der Veen kept things brief. Regarding his next plans, he told reporters, “I’ve got more work to do once I get back home.” And as media pressed him on today’s result, he simply retorted, “A win is a win.”
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