Despite a bipartisan vote to convict, Trump is acquitted after Senate fails to reach 2/3 margin

After a confusing day, the United States Senate voted on Saturday afternoon 57 to 43 in favor of convicting Donald J. Trump in his second impeachment trial. Though this was, by far, the greatest bipartisan vote in favor of impeachment in the nation’s history, it still was not sufficient to reach the necessary two-thirds of the Senate necessary for conviction.

Among those Republicans voting with Democrats were Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey. 

With that vote, the court of impeachment is adjourned and Republicans have shrugged off their last flirtation with the idea of democracy. 


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 8:59:25 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Burr on his decision to convict Trump pic.twitter.com/KuwPvyuVLJ

— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) February 13, 2021


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 9:02:52 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Sen. Chuck Schumer: “This trial wasn’t about choosing country over party, not even that. This trial was about choosing country over Donald Trump, and 43 Republican members chose Trump.”


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 9:05:41 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

CASSIDY on Guilty vote: “Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person. I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty”

— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) February 13, 2021

Source: dailykos