The Senate votes for a second time in a trial of Donald Trump. Photo: Screencap/congress.gov via Getty Images At the end of a five-day trial, the shortest of presidential impeachment trials, the Senate acquitted Donald Trump of the single impeachment article passed by the House exactly a month ago. While the outcome was never in doubt, it was a bit surprising that seven Republicans (Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey) joined all 50 Democrats in voting "guilty." Burr (who is retiring in 2022) and Cassidy were among the 55 Senate Republicans who supported a Rand Paul motion last month declaring the impeachment trial of an ex-president unconstitutional, and Burr voted earlier this week against the trial proceeding. The seven crossover senators make this the most bipartisan effort ever to convict a president on impeachment charges. But since Trump was acquitted, there is no subsequent vote in order to bar him from future office. So the Senate will return to its weighty regular business, and the trial may fade from memory, except insofar as Trump and his allies may seek vengeance against Republican "traitors" who voted for conviction — particularly Murkowski, who… Read full this story
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