The votes in favor were 57 and the votes against 43. The final acquittal vote in the US Senate was ten votes fewer than the 67 votes required to convict former President Trump of incitement to presidencyreports CBS chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett.
This attack by flag-waving, armed Trump supporters came shortly after Mr. Trump spoke and followed months of spitting out the so-called: that he was fraudulently denied re-election.
“We’re fighting like hell,” he told a crowd of Ellipse supporters when Congress approved the electoral college’s vote. “And if you don’t fight like hell, you will have no more land.”
Joe Neguse, Colorado Democratic Impeachment Manager: “He gathered the mob, called the mob, and instigated the mob.”
Seven Republicans voted for the condemnation. Not among them: Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell. However, the Senate minority leader later condemned Mr Trump’s election fraud lies, and the violence he said emanated from them.
“There is no question that President Trump is – practically and morally – responsible for provoking the events of the day,” McConnell said.
History will record this impeachment process in both the House and Senate as the most bipartisan exercise of its kind. As we know, acquittal was almost always certain, but the trial involved much more than the verdict. A historical record has been made of what happened that terrible day when angry Americans sacked the U.S. Capitol.
A new video released during the trial revealed the mob beating and bludgeoning law enforcement officials – at least one officer was torturedly stuck between the doors. More than 130 officers were injured, many seriously. One died. Two committed suicide immediately after the attack.
Rhode Island impeachment chief David Cicciline praised the police: “You have shown up here to serve the American people and their government, and to serve us all.”
For the first time, we saw Vice President Mike Pence and his entourage leave the Senate Chamber for safety. Senator Mitt Romney ran away from looters, led by Capitol policeman Eugene Goodman and Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer, led by his armed security. pull down a basement hallway.
Maryland chief impeachment manager Jamie Raskin asked, “Is this America? Can our country and our democracy ever be the same if we fail to hold the person responsible for instigating the violent attack on our country accountable?”
The trial exposed Republican divisions over Mr Trump’s crimes and their gravity, and confirmed the former president’s powerful influence on the GOP. The specter of a Trump 2024 bid for the presidency hung over the process.
California property manager Ted Lieu said, “You know, I’m not afraid that Donald Trump will run again in four years. I’m afraid he’ll run again and lose because he can.” This once again.”
The property managers argued Mr Trump spent months spreading disinformation that culminated in an ugly spectacle.
“He had the pattern and the practice of praising and promoting this violence without ever condemning it,” said Delegate Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands. “The insurgents believed they were doing their president’s duty. They followed his orders.”
The former president’s legal team knew they were likely to prevail and defended themselves on complaints about partisanship, litigation, and initial adjustment protections for political speeches.
“No thinking person could seriously believe that the president’s speech on January 6th on the ellipse was in any way incited to violence or riot,” said attorney Michael van der Veen.
Attorney David Schoen said, “When you fight a parking ticket, you get more cases due.”
Mr Trump’s attorneys accused the Democrats of using a language similar to that of their clients. “Suddenly the word fight is taboo? Save us the hypocrisy and false indignation, “said van der Veen.
Left unspoken: None of these examples of “struggle” given by a Democrat was followed by an armed insurrection.
The President’s lawyers have not attempted to counter the allegation. Mr Trump did nothing to stop the violence once it started, nor did they deny that the election was fair and correct.
Congressman Raskin countered, “This process is not about Donald Trump. The country and the world know who Donald Trump is. This process is about whom we are who we are. “
At one point in the process, Raskin quoted the French enlightenment philosopher Voltaire: “Anyone who makes you believe in absurdities can lead you to commit atrocities.”
Another observation by Voltaire could also be true: “Every man is guilty of all the good he has done Not do.”
Story produced by Arden Farhi. Editor: Ed Givnish.