Trump acquitted in second impeachment trial, what's next?
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The U.S. Senate voted to acquit U.S. President Donald Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors for his alleged part in inciting the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attacks. Seventeen Republicans needed to join Democrats in voting to find Trump guilty in order to convict. A total of seven Republicans ultimately voted against their party to find Trump guilty.
Trump has applauded his acquittal, saying that his movement "has only just begun". Trump lashed out at Democrats, labeling the trial another 'witch hunt'.
Although Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to find Trump not guilty in the court proceedings, McConnell said he believed Trump was 'practically and morally responsible' for the riot on the Capitol which left five people dead.
Of the seven U.S. Republican senators who voted to convict Trump, two are retiring, and four just won their elections and aren't up for re-election until 2026. The other GOP vote came from Mitt Romney - the only Republican to vote to convict Trump in his first impeachment trial.
Because Trump was not found guilty of any of the charges against him in the U.S. Senate, there is nothing currently barring him from running for re-election in 2024.
Trump is facing several other criminal investigations for his business dealings in New York and possible election fraud charges stemming from a phone call between himself and the U.S. state of Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
In a leaked phone call, Trump is heard telling Raffensperger , the state official in charge of certifying the election results, "I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have." A Georgia district attorney is investigating the call.