Donald Trump Acquitted on Second Impeachment Trial

By: Kenyan Carter | News Editor

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On Feb. 13, the U.S. Senate voted 57-43 in favor of convicting former President Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the capitol.

However, two-thirds majority was needed to confirm the charge.

Despite Trump already being voted out of office once, Democrats argued not seeking out another impeachment trial would set a dangerous precedent of impunity for future presidents, according to the New York Times. Impeaching Trump would also prevent the popular G.O.P. figures from running for office again. Republicans, on the other hand, have claimed that going through the impeachment process so late in Trump’s term will foster unnecessary division.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave former Vice President Mike Pence 24 hours to invoke the 25th Amendment after the Capital riot before lawmakers took the step of impeaching Trump. However, Pence confirmed in a letter that he would not do so. Since Pence didn’t budge, the House went ahead with its action.

The Democratic impeachment managers used dramatic video evidence that showed how Trump purposefully misled his followers about the results of the November presidential election for months. Then incited the anger of a mob to the point where they stormed the Capitol on Jan.6, violently beating police officers as they claimed to be carrying out Trump’s instructions to stop the certification of the electoral votes.

This strategy proved effective with the House voting to approve one impeachment article of “inciting an insurrection” with a vote of 232-197, which included 10 House Republicans voting to impeach Trump. Trump’s second impeachment comes just a year after the first, making him the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.

In the Senate, seven Republicans joined 50 Democrats to convict him, falling short of the 67 guilty votes needed.

The impeachment trial showed some breaks within the Republicans but ultimately cemented Trump’s hold on the party.