WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump of impeachment charges on Saturday, Feb. 13.
The Senate failed to get the needed two-thirds votes to impeach Trump after he has already left office and to ban him from running again for president again 2024.
The Senate voted 57 to 43 to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6 when some of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. That fell short of the needed votes for a guilty conviction and stopping Trump from running again in 2024.
The overrunning of the Capitol locked down Congress while it was certifying President Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.
Five people died from the chaos. A police officer shot and killed a Trump supporter, Ashli Babbitt, inside the Capitol. Three other persons died from health incidents. U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died after being injured during the riot.
U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.-8th, led the impeachment case for Democrats. The six U.S. senators representing the Delmarva Peninsula voted to convict Trump on the impeachment charges.
U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, has been a top critic of the post-term impeachment calling it a “political show trial.” Harris represents the Eastern Shore and areas north of Baltimore. He supports Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and most other Republicans voted to acquit Trump.
Anti-Trump Republicans — such as U.S. Sens. Mitt Romney of Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — voted with Democrats to impeach. But the effort fell short.
A previous impeachment of Trump while he was in office also fell short of the needed two-thirds votes.