The requirement of a two-thirds majority at the US Senate has not been fulfilled. The majority was needed to convict former President Donald Trump on a charge of incitement to insurrection over the Capitol riot.
Republican Donald Trump has been indicted from all the charges in the Senate impeachment trial.
According to the international news agency, a majority of Senators, 47 to 43, including some Republicans, voted to convict Trump. However, 10 votes short of the 67 needed for conviction.
Democratic House of Representatives lawmakers appointed to shepherd the process through the Senate warned on Saturday that it would be dangerous to acquit Trump.
“The stakes could not be higher because the cold, hard truth is that what happened on 6 January can happen again,” Representative Joe Neguse said.
“History has found us. I ask that you not look the other way,” Representative Madeleine Dean said.
However, Trump’s lawyer, Michael van der Veen, called the proceedings a “show trial” and said the Democrats were “obsessed” with impeaching Trump.
“This impeachment has been a complete charade from beginning to end,” he said. “The entire spectacle has been nothing but the unhinged pursuit of a long-standing political vendetta against Trump by the opposition party.”
What did Trump say after acquittal?
Republican Trump released a statement in which he denounced the trial as “the greatest witch hunt in history”.
He added that no president had “ever gone through anything like it” and that “the movement to Make America Great Again” had “only just begun”.