Former US President Donald Trump has been acquitted once again in the impeachment case. On January 6, the US Senate acquitted Donald Trump of inciting violence in Capitol Hill. Voting took place on the fifth day after a four-day impeachment trial, during which 57 senators found Donald Trump guilty while 43 senators found him not guilty. To convict Trump in the 100-member Senate, the Senate needed a two-thirds majority, 67 votes, which could not be found. Donald Trump was acquitted due to lack of this same ten votes.
Donald Trump has been the first president in US history to face impeachment twice. Not only this, he has also achieved the title of the first President of the US, who has faced impeachment trial after his removal from office. Seven Republican senators, including Bill Cassidy, Richard Barr, Mitt Romney, and Susan Collins, voted in favor of impeachment against Trump.
Soon after being acquitted, Donald Trump released his statement and first thanked his legal team. He said, ‘No President of America has ever passed this way’. Let us tell you that five people were killed and many policemen were injured in the Capitol Hill violence on 6 January. Donald Trump was accused of instigating his supporters, after which Capitol Hill was attacked and killed.
House of Donald Trump was elected by the Senate in 2019. The House of Representatives also passed a charge of impeachment against Donald Trump on December 18, 2019, but the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted him of the charges in February 2020. It was alleged during that time that Trump pressured the President of Ukraine to investigate claims of alleged corruption against Joe Biden and his son.
How is a impeachment trial?
The US Constitution states that the House has the sole power of impeachment, while the Senate has the sole power of trial of that person. The person who is impeached may be the President, Vice President or any civil officer of the United States who may be convicted by a majority of two-thirds of the senators. The House appoints managers as prosecutors who present their case before the Senate with the defendant’s lawyers. Prosecutors and Trump’s defense team will have a set time to reason and then senators may also ask some questions in writing before a final vote.
The United States Chief Justice usually presides over a presidential trial, but because Trump has stepped down. Presiding Officer Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is a longtime majority party member, is the formal head of the Senate. Once the senators reach their final vote on the charge of impeachment, each senator stands up and casts their vote on the matter. In Trump’s case too, the senator will tell if he feels guilty.