Former US President, Donald Trump acquitted in an unprecedented second impeachment trial on the charge of inciting an insurrection for the January 6 Capitol Hill riot, making him the first and only president to be impeached and acquitted twice in US history.
A majority of senators found Trump guilty on Saturday in a 57-43 vote, but the number fell short of the supermajority needed to convict the president. Had Trump been convicted, the Senate would have moved to bar the 45th president from holding federal office ever again.
However, seven Republican senators joined the Democrats in voting to find Trump guilty.
Trump’s acquittal means that as of now Trump can go ahead and run for the presidency in 2024, though senators have hinted they may still try to bar him from office in a separate 14th Amendment measure.
President Trump in a statement praised the victory, thanked his supporters and promised he’d soon emerge with a “vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.”
The former president, who has largely stayed silent since his impeachment, took aim at his opponents.
“This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country,” 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.”