WASHINGTON -- Enough senators have cast 'not guilty' votes to acquit Donald Trump.
Trump was acquitted by a 43-57 vote. House Democrats, who voted a month ago to charge Trump with “incitement of insurrection,” needed two-thirds of the Senate, or 67 votes, to convict him. Seven Republicans voted 'guilty.'
After a delay of several hours, the trial resumed with closing arguments on Saturday, bypassing an initial vote to allow witnesses, in lieu of submitting a witness statement from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler regarding a phone call between Trump and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy as rioters stormed the Capitol.
Trump’s lawyers argued that the rioters acted on their own accord and that he was protected by freedom of speech, an argument that resonated with most Republicans. They said the case was brought on by Democrats’ “hatred” of Trump.