The trial lasted only five days, being the shortest impeachment process in the history of the United States.
Only seven Republican senators – Sasse, Romney, Burr, Collins, Murkowski, Toomey and Cassidy – joined Democrats, voting in favor of condemning the former US president.
The Senate voted on Saturday with 57 votes in favor of Donald Trump’s conviction, compared to 43 votes against the measure, but a verdict that would have established the former president’s guilt required at least 67 votes.
For Democrats, the stakes of Trump’s conviction were to ban him from ever holding a public office again.
The former president reacted immediately after the vote, attacking the Democratic Party:
“It is sad that an American political party is given the freedom to denigrate the rule of law, to defame the police, to encourage the crowds, to excuse the hooligans and to turn justice into a tool of political revenge, to persecute, to to go on the blacklist, to cancel and suppress all people and the points of view with which they do not agree.
I have always been and will always be a champion of the rule of law, of police heroes and of the right of Americans to debate the issues of the day peacefully and honorably, without malice and without hatred. “
Trump has been accused of encouraging the January 6 assault on the Capitol. Five people died during those violent events, including a police officer.
This is the second time the Republican politician has gone through an impeachment procedure, a first in the history of the United States. And in the case of his first trial, in 2019, Donald Trump was acquitted by a senator’s vote.
Trump’s defense during this latest trial was relatively brief, with a presentation of only three hours, after three days in which the prosecution supported its arguments.
READ ALSO: The US Senate has reached an agreement to continue the impeachment process against Trump, without summoning witnesses
Democrats and the defense of former US President Donald Trump reached an agreement on Saturday that avoided summoning witnesses and advancing the impeachment process opened in the US Senate against the former White House leader, informs AFP, quoted by Agerpres.
The agreement was announced by the two parties in the public session of the Senate, on the fifth day of the impeachment process launched against Trump.
Democratic prosecutors had previously said they wanted to hear a Republican nominee, Jaime Herrera Beutler, which would have delayed the proceedings. Finally, her statement was read in public and included in the file.
The 2019 trial
Donald Trump is the only president of the United States who has been indicted twice for his actions as head of the White House.
Trump ended his term as president on January 20, 2021, after losing the November 3, 2020 election to Joe Biden. One week earlier, on January 13, Trump was indicted following a vote in the House of Representatives.
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