The US Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, voting that Trump was not guilty of inciting the deadly January 6 riot at the US Capitol. It was reported by CNN.
The final vote was 57 guilty to 43 not guilty, short of the 67 guilty votes needed to convict.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tore into the Senate's decision to acquit former President Trump, calling the vote "un-American" and insulting to patriots who gave their lives for our republic over the centuries.
"The former President inspired, directed, and propelled a mob to violently prevent the peaceful transfer of power, subvert the will of the people, and illegally keep that President in power," he said.
Trump is the only US president and only federal official to be impeached twice.
The article of impeachment addressed Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results (including his false claims of election fraud and his efforts to pressure election officials in Georgia) and stated that Trump incited the storming of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., while the Congress was convened to count the electoral votes and thus formalize the victory of Joe Biden.
As we reported earlier, Trump's second impeachment trial was postponed last week in order to honor a request by a Trump attorney who observes the Jewish Sabbath, which lasts from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.
“We respect their request and of course, will accommodate it,” a spokesman for Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer stated.