© Reuters. The impeachment proceedings against former US President Donald Trump continue in Washington
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial on Saturday for inciting a riot in a speech to supporters on Jan. 6, just before hundreds of them stormed the U.S. Capitol.
While the majority of Republican senators sided with Trump and backed his acquittal, seven Republican senators joined the Democrats and voted to try the former Republican president on the single charge. One of them, Richard Burr, had previously voted unconstitutional because Trump resigned from office on Jan. 20, a motion that was rejected by the Senate.
Burr said when he ran for office in 2016 he would not seek re-election in 2022. The North Carolina senator was already unpopular with Trump’s allies for his work as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which investigated Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election. Trump had resisted the investigation.
The Senator from Louisiana, along with five Republican colleagues, voted on the constitutional process on Tuesday, reversing his stance on an earlier vote on the matter. Cassidy told reporters after the House impeachment executives unveiled Tuesday that they had “a very good opening.”
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The Nebraska Senator won re-election in 2020 and is a potential candidate for the 2024 Republican President nomination. He publicly condemned https://www.facebook.com/SenatorSasse/posts/what-happens-on-january- 6th-in-november-160-million-americans-voted-on-december- / 3517705981660655 Trump’s false claims of widespread election fraud, saying there was no basis to object to Democrat Joe Biden’s November 3rd victory to raise.
Alaskan Murkowski became the first U.S. Senator in 50 years to win a 2010 enrollment campaign after losing in the Republican primary. She called on Trump to step down after his supporters sparked riots in the Capitol on Jan. 6 to disrupt Congress formal confirmation of the election.
Romney, Utah Senator and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has been a vocal critic of Trump. In 2020, Romney was the only Republican Senator to vote for a conviction during Trump’s first impeachment trial.
The Pennsylvania Senator announced in October 2020 that he would not seek re-election. In television interviews, he said that Trump had committed “criminal acts” and called on him to resign after the January 6 attack.
The Maine centrist was the only Republican senator to be re-elected in 2020 in a state also won by Biden. She said Trump instigated the January 6 uprising.
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