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Donald Trump has been acquitted

The United States Senate has failed to garner enough votes to convict Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.

A two-thirds majority (67 votes) was required to convict the former president, the Senate ended up with a 57-43 split. Click here to read our recent article breaking down the impeachment process.

The impeachment trial was the shortest in history, concluding in merely five days. Marking the second trial and acquittal for Mr Trump in 12 months, the former president described the trial as 'another phase of the greatest witch-hunt in the history of our country'.

While the democrats voted unanimously to convict the orange man, seven of 50 Senate Republicans voted in favour of conviction, they are:

  • Richard Burr of North Carolina

  • Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

  • Susan Collins of Maine

  • Mitt Romney of Utah

  • Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

  • Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

  • Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

The most notable of Republican responses during the trial was that of Mitch McConnell, who voted not guilty on the charge of incitement of insurrection BUT managed to say:

"There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."

McConnell believed that convicting Trump was unconstitutional on the basis that he was now a private citizen and did not hold office. An interesting take from the man who, as the Senate majority leader last month, said it was impossible to begin the trial prior to the change of administration.

McConnell's commentary did indicate that Trump is still liable as a private citizen, and may be criminally indicted on that basis. 'President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office as an ordinary citizen,' Senator McConnell said.

You can read Trump's statement below: