It is a verdict, in the end, without surprise. Tried for “inciting insurgency” in connection with the attack on the Capitol on January 6, Donald Trump was acquitted by the US Senate on Saturday. 57 senators voted to condemn him, but a two-thirds majority (67 elected out of 100) was needed to remove him.
Only seven Republicans joined the Democrats. Their boss, Mitch McConnell, ultimately voted to acquit the ex-president. Which therefore escapes dismissal, but also a possible ineligibility that could have prevented him from standing for re-election in 2024.
No witness heard
The last day of the trial was marked by a dramatic turn on the witnesses. At the last minute, Democratic prosecutors asked to hear Republican elected representative Jaime Herrera Beutler. The latter had reported, the day before, a conversation that Donald Trump would have had with the leader of the Republican minority, Kevin McCarthy, in the middle of the attack on the Capitol. While McCarthy implored him to call back his supporters, Donald Trump reportedly replied, “Well Kevin, it seems these people are more upset about the election than you are. “
By 55 votes to 45, the senators then voted to request the hearing of witnesses. But after a 45 minute break, they did reverse engineering. The public statement of the elected Republican Republican was added to the file but without calling her as a witness.
If Donald Trump therefore escapes – for the second time – impeachment, his legal troubles are far from over. The former president is the target of a criminal investigation by New York justice into possible tax fraud. And this week, it is the justice of Georgia which opened an investigation into the phone call in which he had asked the Secretary of State to “find” 11,780 votes for him. Even if he should stay behind in his residence in Mar-a-Lago in the near future, Donald Trump has not finished talking about him.