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Trump acquitted in second impeachment trial

The U.S. Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of “incitement of insurrection” in connection with the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by his supporters, concluding the second impeachment trial of his term in office.

A majority of senators found Trump guilty, but the vote fell short of the two-thirds margin required to convict.

A total of 57 Senators voted to convict Trump of the impeachment article brought by the U.S. House of Representatives, with seven Republicans joining all 48 Democrats in the chamber and independent Senators Bernie Sanders and Angus King. It was the most bipartisan impeachment vote of the five in the nation’s history. Trump claimed in a statement that it was another phase of “the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.”

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., issued a blistering speech on the Senate floor just after the vote in which he lashed out at Trump and said he held him directly and uniquely responsible for the riotous insurrection. (Yahoo News)