United States. Impeachment trial: ex-President Donald Trump acquitted


Donald Trump évite l’impeachment.

The US Senate acquitted him during his trial for “incitement to insurgency”.

Fifty-seven senators voted for a guilty verdict and 43 against. The two-thirds majority required for conviction has therefore not been reached. This decision was expected, because of the majority that the Republicans have, and the still significant popularity of the former president.

Note, however, that 7 Republicans voted in favor of a guilty verdict.

Trump hails end of ‘witch hunt’

For Donald Trump, this is therefore a second acquittal in as many impeachment procedures. A unique case in the history of the United States.

Democrats were hoping his conviction would render him ineligible in the future. They failed.

The tycoon hailed the end of a “witch hunt” and pledged to continue to defend “the greatness of America”. “Our magnificent, historic and patriotic movement, Make America Great Again, is just beginning,” he added.

“Chief Promoter”

He was accused of having been “the chief instigator”, to use the words of the Democratic prosecutor, of the assault led by his supporters against the Capitol on January 6. A video of several minutes, showing his vindictive outings, had been broadcast during a session.

Once the assault was underway, he had waited long hours before calling on his supporters to “return home”, abandoning, according to Democratic prosecutors, his oath to protect institutions. In the end, five people died, and hundreds were injured or traumatized, they estimated.


Source: A la Une – Le Progrès | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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