Johnson: US democracy strong after Trump impeachment 'kerfuffle'

Trump Impeachement Result A''Vote Of Infamy In US History' Democrats

The moves are the latest in a series of censures and disciplinary actions doled out to lawmakers deemed to be critical of the former president in the wake of the Capitol riot, it added.

"I think the clear message that we get from the proceedings in America is that, after all the toings and froings and all the kerfuffle, American democracy is strong", he said.

Only seven Republican senators joined all the 50 Democrats to vote "guilty", failing to reach two-thirds majority required for the conviction on the article of impeachment. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania.

It nevertheless represents the highest ever bipartisan support for conviction in any of the previous four impeachment trials in USA history. The senator from North Carolina had already been unpopular with Trump's allies for his work heading the Senate Intelligence Committee, which had probed Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

McConnell said Saturday that Trump committed "a disgraceful dereliction of duty" by his actions prior to deadly riot and was "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day".

Hundreds of millions of dollars in USA military aid needed by Ukraine in its conflict with Russian Federation were hanging in the balance.

Mr Biden, who was inaugurated on 20 January, has never met the prime minister in person, but this is set to change later this year, with the United Kingdom hosting the G7 summit in the summer and the COP26 climate change gathering in the autumn.

As Trump was seen golfing Sunday at his course in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Republican Party is grappling with how the former President fits into the future of the GOP.

A guilty vote by McConnell would have likely done even more to roil Republican waters by signalling an attempt by the party's most powerful Washington leader to yank the party away from a figure still revered by most of its voters. Shelley Moore Capito both cited constitutional concerns in their decision to vote to acquit Trump. But before Saturday, he had said little in public or private about his mindset, and no one was certain what he would decide. All Senate Democrats, and 7 Republicans, voted to impeach, but still fell short of the 67 vote threshold to hold Trump accountable for the violent insurrection.

Murkowski of Alaska became the first US senator in 50 years to win an election with a write-in campaign in 2010 after losing in the Republican primary. One of them, Richard Burr, had previously voted that the proceeding was unconstitutional because Trump left office on January 20, a motion rejected by the Senate. There was also confusion over a call Trump made to senators as Vice President Mike Pence was being evacuated from the Senate, and the House managers agreed to enter a log of the phone call into the formal trial record. Still, the Democrats faced pressure from within their own party to present the fullest case possible for "incitement of insurrection", with at least one Senate Democrat tweeting on Friday night that they should call witnesses.

Democratic prosecutors argued he stoked the mob with false claims the election was stolen.

Burr, 65, will not seek reelection next year and will retire.

McConnell manoeuvred through Trump's four years in office like a captain steering a ship through a rocky strait on stormy seas.



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