* McConnell attacks ‘disgraceful dereliction’ and says he could be CHARGED
* Senators voted after the conclusion of the trial Saturday, with 57 to convict and 43 to acquit
* House manager Rep. Jamie Raskin asked to be able to depose Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler about she says Rep. Kevin McCarthy told her the day of the riot
* The Senate than voted to grant the request to call witnesses
* Five Republicans joined Democrats in advancing it
* It set in motion furious negotiations, with both sides agreeing to admit a statement by Herrera Beutler
* Mitch McConnell told fellow Republicans of his advance plans to vote to acquit
* He then delivered a blistering speech against Trump after the verdict, saying: ‘The mob was assaulting the Capitol in his name’
* He already voted with 44 Senate Republicans that the post-presidency impeachment is not constitutional
* Democrats were huddling on whether to call witnesses
* GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler described what Rep. Kevin McCarthy told her the day of the riot
* ‘Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,’ she says Trump told McCarthy
* McCarthy shot back, ‘Who the f**k do you think you are talking to?’ according to GOP lawmakers
* Trump lawyers had faced questions about when he knew the Capitol was breached and what he did to protect it
* Sen. Tuberville of Alabama said he told Trump that VP Mike Pence was being evacuated from the Senate
* Trump minutes later tweeted to put pressure on Pence
* ‘What did Trump know, and when did he know it?’ asked Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in calling for suspension of the trial
* Jamie Raskin said Trump ‘acted no better than a marauder and a member of that mob’
* Trump lawyer delivered angry speech accusing Democrats of ‘political vendetta’
The Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial Saturday as the vast majority of Republicans held together against a charge that he incited the Capitol riot of January 6.
After a roll call vote of the Senate, 57 senators voted to convict, with 43 senators voting to acquit. It wasn’t enough to meet the two-thirds threshold set out in the Constitution.
A total of seven Republicans voted to convict; two of them have announced they are retiring at the end of their terms.
WNU Editor: I expected 6 Republicans were going to vote to impeach. Senator Sasse and Senator Burr were a surprise.
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