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The United States Senate acquitted former President Donald J. Trump a second time on Saturday.
A majority 57 Senators voted to convict Trump, but fell short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction. The Senate needed 67 votes to convict the former president, but fell short by 10 votes.
It was, however, the most bi-partisan vote for conviction of a president in history.
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All 50 Democrats and seven Republican senators voted to convict Trump for inciting an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
The Republican senators who voted to convict Trump included 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 Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Trump was first acquitted a year ago in his first trial over his dealings with Ukraine.
Trump is the first U.S. president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives and the first also to be tried in the Senate after leaving office.
Just minutes after he was acquitted, former President Donald Trump released a statement, thanking his legal team and decrying what he described as a “witch hunt” against him by his enemies.
“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 the 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,” Mr. Trump wrote.
He claimed the Democrats’ attempt to end his political career had failed.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic managers pointed to the seven Republicans who joined the 50 Democrats to convict Trump to argue that the former president had become a disgraced man who will go down in history as the first president to be impeached twice.