The second Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump has concluded unsurprisingly in a second acquittal. House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense lawyers wrapped up their arguments on Saturday and then all 100 senators voted on the single impeachment article — incitement of insurrection. All fifty Democrats voted to convict and they were joined by seven Republican senators. However, the vast majority of Republicans voted not guilty, preventing the 67 votes necessary to reach a conviction. The seven Republican senators who voted to convict were 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 Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor after the vote, ostensibly to give a justification as to why he voted to acquit. However, the Kentucky Republican excoriated Trump in a statement that sounded like it was being made by one of the House impeachment managers. Ultimately, McConnell weaseled his out way of voting for conviction by making debunked process arguments about why Trump can’t be convicted by the Senate as a former president. McConnell and many of these other Republicans realized that voting for conviction would mean the end of their political careers and so they put their own interests ahead of doing the right thing for the country.
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