US President Donald Trump has been acquitted by the Senate in his second impeachment trial in over a year for involvement in the bloody January 6 attack on the Capitol building by his supporters.
Voting 57 to 43, the Senate failed by 10 votes to reach the required two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump of “high crimes” which would have disqualified him from running again for president in 2024.
Trump was charged for inciting a partisan mob into storming the Capitol to prevent Congress, which was meeting in joint session, from confirming the Electoral College’s results of the Nov. 3, 2020 elections, wherein Democrat Joe Biden snatched victory by some 7 million votes.
During the succeeding weeks, Trump reportedly spent most of his time trying to illegally overturn the results of the polls, consumed by his overwhelming desire to remain in power.
Five people, including one police officer, died as hundreds of Trump loyalists hostaged the Capitol building for some five hours, before security forces marched in and ejected them.
Trump is the first US president to have been impeached twice, and is now the first president to be acquitted twice.
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