Donald Trump acquitted in Senate Impeachment trial

Danielle Dix, News Editor

In the recent impeachment trial, former president Donald Trump was found not guilty for inciting the January 6th storming of the capitol. On Saturday, Feb. 13th, the United States Senate voted 57-43 to impeach Trump.

According to CNN, the vote was 10 short needed to have a two-thirds majority and impeach Donald Trump. Seven senate republicans, “Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey,” voted to convict Donald Trump.

The official charge that Donald Trump faced was incitement of an insurrection.

Jamie Raskin, a lawyer and politician, was the lead impeachment manager. Michael van der Veen, a personal injury lawyer, led Trump’s defense in the trial.

The trial lasted for five days, starting on Tuesday, Feb 9th. A vote occurred on the final day of the trial on whether or not to introduce witnesses into the trial. However, witnesses were not introduced into the trial before it ended after the “defense and house managers avoided prolonging the process.”

Donald Trump, the only president in history to have two impeachment trials, was impeached by the House one week after the storming of the capitol, right before he left office. The article of impeachment from the House stated, “Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”