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But while the 57-43 majority that voted to convict fell short of the two-thirds needed in the Senate, seven Republicans joined with Democrats to seek Trump's conviction, making it the most bipartisan impeachment trial in USA history.

Most of the defecting Republicans had clashed with Trump over the years. Had McConnell voted to find Trump guilty, he has enough respect among his colleagues that many more of them may well have done the same. He even noted that though Trump is now out of office, he remains subject to the country's criminal and civil laws.

"He didn't get away with anything yet. Yet".

The 43 Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump - some of them hiding behind specious constitutional objections and ignoring the precedents for convicting a former officeholder - have shamed themselves rather than offend Trump's base.

McConnell called that assault a "foreseeable consequence" of Trump using the presidency, calling it "the largest megaphone on Planet Earth".

He called Trump's actions leading up to the siege "a disgraceful dereliction of duty". Mr McConnell was instrumental in delaying Mr Trump's trial until after he left office, on 20 January. "The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instruction of their president and having that belief was a foreseeable effect of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole which the defeated President kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet earth".

Nevertheless, in the vote over whether to convict Trump, McConnell said he could not cast his ballot to condemn the former president because he is "constitutionally not eligible for conviction" due to no longer being in office. But before Saturday, he had said little in public or private about his mindset, and no one was certain what he would decide.

After just five days of debate, the fastest presidential impeachment trial in American history, seven Republicans joined every Democrat in declaring Trump guilty on the charge of "incitement of insurrection".

This time, however, six other Republicans did the same.

"For that reason, and because this is the proper time to do so under the resolution that the Senate adopted to set the rules for the trial", Raskin said, "we would like the opportunity to subpoena Congresswoman Herrera regarding her communications with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and to subpoena her contemporaneous notes that she made, regarding what President Trump told Kevin McCarthy in the middle of the insurrection".

Over 36 years in the Senate, the measured McConnell has earned a reputation for inexpressiveness in the service of caution.

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