By Shola Akingboye February 13, 2021
Former US President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate on Saturday of inciting the deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
A two-thirds majority of the 100 senators was needed at Trump’s impeachment trial for conviction, but it fell short in a 57-43 vote.
Seven Republicans joined Democrats in voting to convict.
“The Article of Impeachment presented by the House is unconstitutional for a variety of reasons, any of which alone would be grounds for immediate dismissal,” Trump’s lawyers said in a 78-page brief on the eve of his trial on charges of inciting a deadly riot at the US Capitol.
The US Senate voted Saturday to allow the calling of witnesses in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, throwing a wrench into Republican hopes to wrap up proceedings with a swift acquittal of the former president.
Five Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to vote to allow witnesses, after Democratic impeachment managers signalled their intent to subpoena congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican who voted to impeach Trump in January, to testify about the then-president’s phone call with a House leader during the US Capitol insurrection.
The call for witnesses triggered moments of chaos on the Senate floor, with leaders hitting the pause button on the trial so they can figure out the next steps in the process
But Trump was saved along the party line on 57 for impeachment and 43 againt impeachment, while there is need for more additional 7 votes from his Republicans party to purnish Trump for his deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021