Trump acquitted: With 10 votes shy of conviction, Senate acquits for incitement of insurrection
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump made history when he became the first president to be impeached twice, but he did not make history as the first president to be convicted.
The Senate voted 57-43 Saturday in a rare weekend session to acquit Trump for his alleged role in the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, falling short of the 67 votes required by the Constitution for a conviction.
Reaching the two-thirds threshold needed to convict never seemed likely given the Senate is evenly split 50-50 between the parties. Seven Republicans voted against party lines – the most impeachment defections ever from a president’s party. Seventeen Republican votes were needed to convict.
Republicans that voted to convict Trump were Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan…