Following a five-day trial, the US Senate has ultimately voted to acquit former president Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.
While 67 or more votes of ‘guilty’ were required – a two-third majority – to convict the former president, senators voted 57-43 guilty on the charge of inciting insurrection.
Of the 50 Senate Republicans who voted, only seven favoured the conviction; basically the tally fell short of the two-thirds majority required to convict Trump.
The impeachment trial came about due to the incident on January 6 that saw an army of Trump supporters charging the US Capitol building – leaving chaos and destruction in their wake – while their president was caught on camera encouraging ‘fighting’.
Donald Trump didn’t say much following the vote, although once again he commented that the trial had been another phase of “the greatest witch-hunt in the history of [the US]”.
Due to a lack of conviction, Trump is likely to be allowed to serve in public office again, which means he can – and probably will – run for presidency again in 2024.
Everyone ready for another four-year shit-show, then?