“This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it,” Trump said in a statement
Update: President Donald Trump has been acquitted by the Senate for incitement of the Capitol riot in a final vote of 57-43.
Seven Republicans joined Democrats on Saturday in a vote to convict: Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Pat Toomey (Penn.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), and Richard Burr (N.C.).
A two-thirds majority vote is required to convict a president, which was not met despite the best efforts of the RINOs.
President Trump released this statement following his acquittal by the Senate:
I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth.
My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.
Our cherished Constitutional Republic was founded on the impartial rule of law, the indispensable safeguard for our liberties, our rights and our freedoms.
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.
This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. 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.
I also want to convey my gratitude to the millions of decent, hardworking, law-abiding, God-and-Country loving citizens who have bravely supported these important principles in these very difficult and challenging times.
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! We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.
Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
We remain one People, one family, and one glorious nation under God, and it’s our responsibility to preserve this magnificent inheritance for our children and for generations of Americans to come.
May God bless all of you, and may God forever bless the United States of America.
Trump’s son Eric Trump noted on Twitter that this was the Democrats’ second failed attempt to convict his father.
45 GOP senators voted the impeachment process unconstitutional in a vote triggered by Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) last month, meaning two of the senators – Cassidy and Burr – voted to convict Trump despite already voting that the process itself was unconstitutional.
The sham impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has entered its fifth day.
The senators will hear closing arguments, call witnesses, and possibly hold a vote Saturday to decide whether to convict or acquit Trump.
The Senate voted 55-45 to call witnesses, which could potentially delay the final verdict.
Trump is expected to be acquitted after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) triggered a vote over the constitutionality of the process, which resulted in 45 GOP senators voting that the impeachment trial was unconstitutional.
Trump’s legal team argued that the Senate must move to dismiss the trial as unconstitutional since Trump cannot be removed from an office he no longer holds.