The United States Senate on 13 February acquitted former President Donald Trump in impeachment trial on the charge of inciting insurrection. Media reports said that a number of Republicans backed the controversial ex-President during the trial.
After the acquittal, Trump was upbeat on the verdict. He called the second impeachment trial against him the “greatest witch hunt” in the history of the country.
Reports in the section of the media, which had always been hostile to him, said that Trump was cleared even after seven Republican senators joined 50 other Democrats voting to convict him.
In the 100-seat Senate, Democrats needed a two-thirds majority to convict Trump but the Senate voted 57-43 to acquit Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the 6 January riot at the US Capitol.
Following the Senate vote to acquit him, Trump thanked his legal team and said he will always have, and always will and be a champion for the unwavering rule of law.
Calling the trial the “greatest witch hunt in the history of our country”, Donald Trump said, “No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.”
Defending himself as a champion of law and order, Trump did not offer any apologies for his actions that led to the Capitol riot on 6 January.
“It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree,” he further said.
“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!” he added.