Trump celebrates acquittal in Senate trial, foreshadows political future: ‘Much to share’
The Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump, former President Donald Trump, and instituted him today, Saturday, of the charge of incitement, in the events of the protesters storming the Congress building last month.
57 senators, including 7, voted to convict him, 10 fewer than the required 67 majority.
Democrats needed 17 votes to convict Trump.
Before the vote, the prosecution and Trump’s legal team made a closing argument, after agreeing not to call witnesses for trial.
Trump is accused of inciting the revolt, after his supporters stormed the Capitol building after a fiery speech from the White House, during which he repeated his allegations of election fraud and theft and demanded that they fight to restore the elections and reverse the results.
Trump praised the victory, thanked his supporters and promised he’d soon emerge with a “vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.”
The former president, who has largely stayed silent since his impeachment, took aim at his opponents.
“This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country,” Trump said.
“No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.”