What did Biden say after the Senate acquitted Trump
US President Joe Biden said 57 members of the Senate voted to condemn former President Donald Trump, including seven Republicans.
Biden indicated in a statement that although Trump has not been found guilty of inciting the insurgency that he described as “deadly to American democracy,” even those who opposed the conviction, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, believe that Donald Trump was guilty of committing a shameful omission. In the fulfillment of his duty, and practically and ethically responsible for provoking the violence that erupted in the Congress building.
The US President made it clear that this chapter, which he described as “sad” in the country’s history, indicates that “democracy is fragile” and that it must always be defended, stressing that there is no place for violence and extremism in the United States.
On Saturday, the US Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second trial in 12 months after Republicans refused to indict him for his role in the deadly attack by his supporters on the Congress building.
The Senate vote came 57 to 43, less than the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump of incitement to revolt, at the end of a five-day trial in the same building that Trump supporters stormed on January 6, shortly after attending a rally at which Trump gave a speech.
The move to conclude the trial came after Democrats and Republicans halted a possible extension of proceedings related to the details of evidence for a phone call between Trump and a senior Republican during the Capitol siege.
Trump’s defense team argued that the trial should not have taken place in the first place because Trump left power, and his speech among his supporters is protected by the guarantee of the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by the US Constitution, according to Reuters.
The Democrats had hoped for conviction to hold him responsible for a siege that killed 5 people, including a policeman, and to prepare the stage for a vote that would prevent him from holding public office again.
They said allowing Trump to assume public office again would make him not hesitate to once again encourage political violence.
Republicans saved Trump from impeachment before on February 5 last year during his previous trial when he voted to convict and remove him from office, one Republican senator, Mitt Romney.
It is worth noting that Trump has become the third US president to be accountable in the House of Representatives, a procedure similar to a criminal accusation, and he is also the first president to face accountability twice, and the first president to appear for trial in the Senate after leaving office.