Washington: The US Senate on Sunday acquitted former president Donald Trump in impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the January 6 riot at the Capitol. As per the reports of Reuters, only 57 Senators, including seven Republicans (Bill Cassidy, Richard Burr, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey) voted in favour of his conviction, 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for conviction. Also Read - US Capitol Hill Riots: Bitcoin Payments Worth USD 500,000 Made to Far-right Activists Before Attack, Says Report
All You Need to Know About Trump’s Historic Second Impeachment
Notably, the former president was impeached by the House of Representatives earlier last month on the charge that he incited an insurrection when his supporters attacked the Capitol leaving five people, including two police officers dead.
He is the first-ever president to have been impeached twice and the first president to have faced impeachment after leaving office.
How Trump Reacted to The Acquittal?
Releasing a statement soon after the acquittal, Trump said that no president has ever gone through anything like it. “It is a sad commentary on the 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,” he asserted.
“I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate,” he said, adding that this has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country.
“No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago,” Trump said.
He also expressed gratitude towards his team, saying, “I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth. My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.”