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Senate verdict acquits Trump: Dems fail to get two-third majority support
The curiously awaited Trump trial and verdict has come fast with an acquittal as the Democrats failed to gather 17 Republicans to support his conviction that needs two-third majority in the Senate. The vote was 57 to 43.

WASHINGTON, Feb 13: Former President Donald Trump is acquitted of the charge of inciting the Capitol violence by the US Senate. He is eligible to run for President next time.

The Senate voting on Saturday did not receive two-third majority support to convict the former President of inciting the riots of January 6. The vote was 57-43 while a conviction verdict required 67 Senators voting in favour in a 100-member chamber with each party having 50 members currently. Seven Republicans voted with the 50 Dems. However, Trump has become the only President to be impeached twice.

In a statement soon after, Trump expressed thanks for the verdict and condemned the trial as "yet another phase of the greatest witch-hunt in the history of our country."

Although the impeachment trial proceedings in the US Senate were expected to end early on Saturday with final arguments and verdict, the prosecutors, in a surprise move, before entering the final arguments, decided to call witnesses, leading to interruptions lasting a few hours.

When House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin said he wanted to call a Republican lawmaker as a witness, Trump's lawyers threatened they too wanted to call witnesses like VP Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Senate even voted 55 to 45 for calling witnesses but eventually an agreement was hammered out and the trial moved into the final stage, to last two hours for each side.

On Friday, the defence had, surprisingly, wrapped up their arguments in just three hours, calling the charge against Trump as "witch-hunt" and "politically" motivated. Attorney David Schoen said Dems were manipulating the words Trump used at the rally that preceded the Capitol rampage. He argued that in the usage of "fight like hell" Trump was speaking figuratively. He cited, countless politicians have spoken of "fighting" for our principles, that is not literally. An event otherwise to be peaceful was hijacked. The rioters had planned violence before Trump spoke, the attorney added to his argument.

Trump's attorneys Bruce Castor and David Schoen had filed a 78-page trial brief on Monday which stated that the charge against Trump was "constitutionally flawed" as he had already left office as the President, meaning, a President can be impeached only while in office. The charge is that he called a rally of his supporters near White House and made an incendiary speech on January 6 in which he asked them "to fight like hell". In the rampage of the Capitol that followed, five people died, including a police officer. The halls and chambers of Capitol where the House and Senate were holding meetings on the scheduled counting of the electoral college votes in the presidential election and certification of the results, were vandanised and the members of the Congress and the staff had to run away from their respective chambers for safety. The members and staff cowered for hours in hiding. Ten Republicans had voted for the single article of impeachment in the House, "violence against the Govt of US," on January 25 and the article was sent to the Senate. However, both parties later agreed to delay taking up the trial in the Senate - 67 needed for conviction - as the Democrats wanted time to focus on Biden's agenda as he has only just taken over and the Trump side wanted time to assemble attorneys and collect evidence.

Meanwhile, Trump rejected the impeachment managers' plea to testify in the Senate. They did not consider issuing a subpoena.

Senate had on Tuesday voted by simple majority for Trump's trial rejecting arguments of unconstitutionality in impeachment once out of office. The vote to proceed with trial was 56 to 44. For conviction the requirement is 2/3rd ie 67 members - 17 Republicans must support. The strength of the Republicans and the Democrats in the Senate is 50:50.

Dems impeachment manager wrapped up two days (Wednesday and Thursday) of presentations, urging conviction of Trump, and rested the case on Thursday. The main charge was Trump "incited insurrection." Defence lawyers delivered their case on Friday and final arguments and verdict came on Saturday.

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