Thursday, 25 February, 2021

Trump clears second impeachment trial, vows to fight on

Senator Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters Senator Lindsey Graham said Republicans need Mr Trump to win 2022 midterm elections
Adrian Cunningham | 15 February, 2021, 21:53

"I'm really disheartened by his choice and his vote".

However, Johnson's message has been overshadowed by the newly-elected US President Joe Biden's decreasing faith in American democracy.

The House had impeached Trump on 13 January and sent the charge of inciting an insurrection to Senate to hold the trial.

Senator Toomey was also admonished over his vote, with Pennsylvania GOP chairman Lawrence Tabas saying he shared the disappointment "of many of our grassroots leaders and volunteers".

The Johnston County Republican Party said it has "encouraged" the state's GOP group to censure Burr, while Republican North Carolina congressman Dan Bishop seconded a Twitter user's call for the senator's censure.

That leaves Republicans in a precarious position as they try to forge a winning coalition in the 2022 midterm elections for control of Congress and a 2024 White House race that might include Mr Trump as a candidate.

"Am I grateful that the president says, 'You're our guy in U.S. Senate 2022?' Of course, I am", Walker said.

After not-guilty vote, McConnell says Trump 'morally responsible' for Capitol riot
In a written statement , he said Trump made unfounded claims about a fraud-riddled election "because he did not like the results". Still, seven Republicans voted with the Democrats to convict, the most defections ever from a president's party.

The Senate on Saturday acquitted Trump by a margin of 57 to 43, 10 votes shy of the two-thirds majority required for conviction.

"The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors", Burr stated Saturday. Senator Burr did not represent the will of the people and that is a shame'.

Forty-three Republican senators on Saturday voted to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting a violent insurrection, but a new poll released Monday shows that almost three out of five Americans think the Senate should have convicted Trump for his role in the assault on the U.S. Capitol. A trial that even he said was unconstitutional, ' North Carolina's RNC committeewoman Kyshia Lineberger told CNN.

Raskin questioned how McConnell could feel that way and not vote to convict Trump.

Talking about the impeachment trial of the former US President Donald Trump, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson characterised the whole incident as "toings and froings and all the kerfuffle".

Fellow dissenter Republican senator Bill Cassidy was also censured by the GOP in his home state of Louisiana.

"The oath that I took to the constitution compelled me to vote for impeachment and it doesn't bend to partisanship", Ms Cheney told "Fox News Sunday". "If you don't believe me, you can ask Mitch McConnell".