In news just in, former US President Donald Trump has been acquitted in his second impeachment trial.
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The Senate voted 57-43 that Trump is “not guilty” of incitement. Notably, two-thirds of the Senate, or 67 votes, was needed for conviction.
As widely reported, Trump was accused of inciting the shocking scenes of violence on Capitol Hill and stoking emotion after he lost the presidential election to current president Joe Biden.
House Democrats asserted that Trump caused the violent attack by trumpeting the false claims that the election was stolen from him and then rallying supporters to “fight like hell” in the moments before they stormed Capitol. Democrats put forth the argument that he had “obvious intent” when encouraging action from his supporters.
Trump’s team countered with claims of “hatred.”
A conviction would have meant he would have been forbidden from running for a second term. Something which is technically possible now that he has been cleared of “incitement of insurrection.”