Donald J Trump has been acquitted.
The Senate voted 57-43 to acquit Donald Trump on Saturday.
Earlier, the Senate voted 55 to 45 to subpoena witnesses. After breaking for an hour, an agreement was struck and impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team agreed to forgo witnesses and instead submit Herrera Beutler’s statement into evidence as hearsay.
BREAKING: Senate votes 55-45 to allow witnesses and more evidence for Trump impeachment case, slowing the progression of a trial that could have concluded Saturday. Five Republicans voted yes, including Lindsey Graham, who switched from an initial no vote https://t.co/3HfaYxaxQC pic.twitter.com/flGv46j7AX
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 13, 2021
These are the 7 Republicans who voted to convict Trump:
It was a bipartisan vote, but well short of the 67 votes that would have been needed to convict. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called it the most bipartisan impeachment in American history.
President Biden says, “Fight like hell.” He gets praised.
President Trump says, “Fight like hell.” He gets impeached.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 12, 2021
Trump thanked the 43 Republicans who voted to acquit him in an emailed statement.
“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it!” Trump said.
“It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree. I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.”
Schumer spoke after the vote and said those who voted to acquit Trump should be ashamed of themselves and warned that the acquittal could open the door to further political violence.
“The failure to convict Donald Trump will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the United States Senate,” Schumer said.