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Trump Acquitted by the Senate; Seven Republicans Vote for Conviction

February 23, 2018. President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

On February 13, 2021, the United States Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on one article of impeachment. The final vote was 57-43, with seven Republicans breaking party lines to vote in favor of a conviction. However, even though it was the most bipartisan vote for the conviction of impeachment, the Senators in favor of a conviction did not have the 67 votes necessary to convict the former president.

After five days of long debate, passionate speeches, and emotionally jarring videos, the vote ended the historic impeachment. Mr. Trump is the first president to be impeached by the House twice and the first president to have a Senate trial held after leaving office.

Just minutes after voting to acquit Trump, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denounced Trump for a “disgraceful dereliction of duty.”

“There is no question — none — that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” Mr. McConnell said. “The leader of the free world cannot spend weeks thundering that shadowy forces are stealing our country and then feign surprise when people believe him and do reckless things.”

The impeachment also opened Trump for a potential 2024 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. While Mr. Trump has not made an official announcement for his run, he said in a statement, “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it! We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.”

Opinion articles about this subject will be published in the next few days in the Politics Section.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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