Former President Trump acquitted by U.S. Senate

by Peter Heck · Feb 13th, 2021 4:09 pm

Last Updated Feb 17th, 2021 at 6:30 am

The United States Senate has voted 57-43 to acquit former President Donald Trump of the impeachment charge of inciting a riot on January 6th. A conviction would have required 67 guilty votes, 10 more than what House Democrat impeachment managers were able to convince.

Seven Republicans voted with all 50 Democrats to convict Trump on the charge: Sen. Toomey of Pennsylvania, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Sen. Romney of Utah, Sen. Sasse of Nebraska, Sen. Burr of North Carolina, Senator Cassidy of Louisiana, and Senator Collins of Maine.

Earlier in the day, it appeared that the Senate would be calling witnesses in the trial after 55 senators voted to do so. But things changed when both Republicans and Democrats agreed on a deal to enter a key statement from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler into the record.

The statement relayed a conversation she had with Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) about his conversation with President Trump the day of the Capitol riot.

"When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot," Herrera Beutler's statement details, "the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was Antifa that had breached the Capitol. McCarthy refuted that and told the president that these were Trump supporters.

That's when, according to McCarthy, the president said: 'Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.'"

After making that statement part of the official record, Senate leaders moved on to closing arguments and the official vote.


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