Trump's impeachment acquitters should be shamed and shunned

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Former US president Donald Trump says the Senate impeachment trial has been another phase of the "greatest witch-hunt in the history of our country".

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on January 13, a week after the chaotic assault that stunned the nation and provoked widespread bipartisan outrage. "He didn't get away with anything yet". Numerous and fiercely loyal pro-Trump Republicans and more traditional Republicans who believe the former president is damaging the party's national appeal are struggling to decide the party's direction.

"President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen", he said.

Republicans also saved Trump in the February 5, 2020, vote in his previous impeachment trial, when only one senator from their ranks - Mitt Romney - voted to convict and remove him from office.

The US Senate voted 57-43 on the impeachment charge, which means that 7 Republican senators voted to convict the former president.

"President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office as an ordinary citizen", McConnell said.

He said there was no evidence that Trump incited an "armed insurrection" to "overthrow the USA government" and to think that Trump would have wanted that is "absurd". He is still eligible to run for president again in 2024, if he so chooses.

"President Biden has done a very good job of separating himself from the impeachment trial proceedings and keep his messaging on the Covid-19 crisis and the accompanying economic crisis", Schiller said. His base, by all indications, is still largely intact.

Although both are well-known conservative Republicans, Sens.

Before the deal was reached to avoid witnesses, an informal adviser to the Trump defense team dismissed the Democrats' move, saying there was a risk that it would drag out the trial for weeks, all so that they can depose a witness whose contribution was already made public in a press release.

A week later, the Democratic-controlled House impeached Trump for inciting insurrection. Every rally he holds from here on will evoke memories of that riot.

Why did the Senate not hear any witnesses?

. But after emergency consultations to avoid any hold-up, they changed their ruling to admit written statements only. Tuberville's account of the phone call as "heresay".

Herrera Beutler said Trump rebuffed McCarthy's calls to put an end to the violence.

She said Mr McCarthy had implored Mr Trump to call off the rioters, but the president had wrongly blamed left-wing activists broadly known as "antifa". "That's when, according to McCarthy, the president said: 'Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are'". Herrera Beutler's statement would be admitted as evidence, but this would "not constitute a concession by either party as for the truth of the matters asserted by the other party".

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