Senate acquits Trump for inciting Capitol riot

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(VOVWORLD) - The US Senate on Saturday acquitted former President Donald Trump in a 57-43 vote on the charge of inciting insurrection for his role in the January 6 US Capitol riot, which left 5 people dead including a police officer.

Seven GOP Senators voted guilty in the most bipartisan majority to support an impeachment conviction in US history. Democrats needed 17 Republicans to join them to convict Trump and hold a separate vote to bar him from running for office in the future.

The decision came after House impeachment managers reversed course and dropped a call for witnesses that would have delayed the verdict. The acquittal marks the end of a five day impeachment trial.