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Trump Impeachement Result A''Vote Of Infamy In US History' Democrats

The chairs of the independent 9/11 commission want a similar blue-ribbon panel to investigate the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Despite Trump's acquittal, Raskin hailed Democrats' efforts as the "most bipartisan presidential impeachment" in the USA history.

US President Joe Biden reacted to former President Donald Trump's Senate acquittal, saying that democracy is "fragile" and "must always be defended".

House impeachment managers cited video and Trump's own tweets and statements as evidence that he incited a crowd of supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Together these trials a year apart spoke to one president's singular capacity to get into, and out of, trouble - the story of Trump's life.

Ms. Beutler's disclosing a conversation with House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) proving President Trump's endorsement of his mob's resort to lethal force and violence to unconstitutionally prevent a peaceful transfer of presidential power precipitated a surprise 55-45 Senate vote this morning, including several Republicans, to entertain live witnesses.

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.

Voting to find Trump guilty were Republican senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania. "We have a criminal justice system in this country, we have civil litigation and former presidents are not immune from being [held] accountable by either one", he said.

For Republicans, the trial laid bare their dilemma of how to signal their disapproval of Mr Trump's egregious conduct without angering his supporters whose votes they need to secure their political futures. That violence and extremism has no place in America.

Trump added: 'We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.

Many had expected the Kentucky senator to vote to clear Trump of the charges, based on McConnell's history as a party loyalist who takes few major risks.

"Our historic, patriotic and attractive movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun".

But minutes before he spoke, when it came time for the most powerful Republican in Washington to hold Trump to account on the charge of causing the riot, McConnell said his hands were tied.

Outside the Senate, Pelosi joined Schumer in slamming the Republicans. The House Managers and Mr. Trump's defense team agreed to a stipulation to admit into the record a mere written statement by Congresswoman Beutler, not delivered in person under oath or via a deposition.

Only seven of the Republican senators voted against the 74-year-old former president. The next step for the former president could be the courts.

For example, House Republicans voted overwhelmingly last week to defend diehard Trump loyalist Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene as Democrats moved to oust her from her committee assignments.

This was an impeachment driven by what people saw happen and by Trump's voluminous public rhetoric, heard that day, for weeks before, and after - until Twitter exiled him and he let his lawyers and supporters do the talking while the trial played out.

During the five-day trial, House Democrats serving in the role of prosecutors highlighted that the Capitol attack followed Trump's months-long campaign to overturn the results of the November election such as by spreading baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.