Senate votes to acquit Trump at impeachment trial
by Tim Lamer
Posted 2/13/21, 05:19 pm
Seven Senate Republicans joined every Senate Democrat to vote against former President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial on Saturday—not nearly enough to reach the two-thirds threshold of senators needed to convict Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The vote was 57-43. A conviction would have required 67 votes.
What were the Republicans’ arguments? Republican senators gave different reasons to acquit in the days leading up to the vote. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said Trump had called for a “peaceful” protest prior to the riot and was “simply not guilty.” Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said new evidence that the rioters had long planned to storm the Capitol hurt the case against Trump. Other Republicans believed the Senate lacked jurisdiction to convict a private citizen who was no longer president.
Dig deeper: Read Jamie Dean’s report breaking down what happened during the Jan. 6 riot.
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