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  • S president Donald Trump has Bean acquitted in his second impeachment trial by the Senate of inciting a riot after last month's storming of the Capitol building Tonight, Senate vote fell short of the two thirds majority needed to convict him on the single charge of incitement of insurrection.

  • In a statement, Mr Trump said this had Bean yet another phase off.

  • The greatest witch hunt, he said, in the history of America on North American editor John So Paul has the latest.

  • After four days of acrimonious hearings, the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump came to a close on the vote to convict or acquit the senator judges that the responded Donald John Trump, former president, United States is not guilty as charged.

  • The article of impeachment.

  • Seven Republicans did find him guilty, but not enough to convict.

  • The leader of the Republicans in the Senate voted to acquit, but then launched a lacerating attack on Donald Trump and his behavior.

  • There's no question none that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.

  • No question about it.

  • The people who storm this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president, Theo.

  • Events of January the sixth, when the Trump supporting mob marched on Congress on ran a mark after the former president told them to march, there will never be for gotten closing.

  • Arguments in this trial set out dramatically different versions of events.

  • The called hard truth is that what happened on January 6th can happen again.

  • This impeachment has been a complete charade from beginning to end.

  • The entire spectacle expect Akel has been nothing but the unhinged pursuit of a long standing political vendetta against Mr Trump by the opposition party Senators.

  • Please be seated.

  • Earlier, there was a mighty kerfuffle over whether Democrats would call witnesses following a new disclosure about comments allegedly made by the president while the riot was going on in the middle of the insurrection, when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the president to beg for help, President Trump responded, And I quote, Well, Kevin, I guess these people arm or upset about the election than you are, this wasn't in the script.

  • At times, the exchanges seemed to belong to the school playground.

  • Yeah, rather than the Senate floor.

  • That's civil process.

  • I don't know why you're laughing.

  • It ISS civil process, that is the way lawyers do it to have called witnesses would prolong the trial and is probably the last thing Joe Biden wants.

  • Holding up his plans to push through a co vid relief package would make no difference to the trial's outcome.

  • But, of course, the person most relieved by today's vote will be Donald Trump.

  • He escaped conviction, but he'll go down as the first U S president in history to be impeached twice.

  • Let's pick up with John now, John Dramatic Day indeed.

  • What now for Donald Trump, then?

  • And indeed, what for the Republican Party?

  • Well, I think that there was those in the Republican Party who thought that Donald Trump would go off to Florida.

  • He'd play golf and never be heard of again.

  • In this statement that he's issued tonight, he makes clear that he believes that the Make America great again movement is just beginning.

  • He's got an awful lot more to say on will be saying those things over the coming months that will disappoint an awful lot of Republicans, even some of those who voted to acquit, who want to quiet a life now for their party.

  • But Mitch McConnell, who we heard from in that piece, has also said, Don't think Donald Trump's got away with anything.

  • President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he's in office, but it's now for the criminal justice system to look into that on.

  • It does seem that there is the potential for criminal investigation into various activities off the former president.

  • But Donald Trump is still casting along on a very strong shadow over the Republican Party.

  • John, thank you.

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