Former President Donald Trump was acquitted in his second impeachment trial on Feb. 13, 2021. The U.S. Senate voted to acquit Trump for inciting the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, resulting in seven deaths.
According to The Washington Post, “Seven Republicans joined Democrats in a 57-43 vote in favor of conviction, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump in the Senate. Republican Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Patrick Toomey (Pa.) were the Republicans who voted with Democrats.”
Only seven Republican senators voted that Trump was guilty, despite the evidence that Trump allegedly made efforts to inflame the angry mob inside the Capitol. One crucial part of the trial was evidence that House Managers provided showing Trump sent an angry tweet about then-Vice President Mike Pence, which may have put him and his family in more danger. Keep scrolling to learn the real reason Trump was acquitted in his second impeachment trial.
Why can't Senate Republicans quit Donald Trump?
The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump was a dramatic moment in American history. The U.S. Senate trial acquitted Trump and many are confused about why Republicans can’t seem to quit Trump. It appears that the Republican senators let Trump off on a technicality, choosing not to convict him because he is no longer the sitting president.
The New York Times reported that the impeachment trial only lasted five days because senators did not want to engage in a long courtroom drama about the former president. According to The New York Times, the trial was speedy because “Mr. Trump’s allies made clear before it even began that they were not prepared to hold him responsible.”
After the impeachment verdict, even Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell said that the House Managers made their case against the former leader, even though he voted to acquit the former president.
Supreme Court attorney Neal Katyal weighed in on McConnell’s post-trial comment. Katyal tweeted, “Wow. I didn’t expect this: McConnell calling Trump ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty,’ says Trump lied to the American people. ‘Practically and morally responsible for provoking the events [of 1/6. No question about it.'”
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