By Anna Galaktionov
President Donald Trump was acquitted in his second Senate impeachment trial on Feb. 13 with only 57 votes against him, not meeting the two-thirds majority set at 67.
Making up the 57 votes were 48 votes from the Democratic party, seven from the Republican party, and two independents.
It was a fiery day for the Senate as former President Donald Trump was judged for stirring up the riots that broke out at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
According to CNet, the house prosecutors argued that the president spent “months” rallying up his followers prior to the riot.
Five individuals died during the insurrection, including a Capitol police officer.
The various facets of the disturbing event caused much suspicion, unease, and disagreement among the Senate members.
There were various opinions from government officials about the result.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, right after voting not guilty for President Trump said, "There is no question, none, that President Trump is practically, and morally, responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it."
President Trump responded to the results of the trial.
"I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate," he said.
Vice President Mike Pence claimed that the acquittal of the president would set an encouraging example for future violence against American institutions.
President Joe Biden offered encouraging words.
"This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile,” he said. “That it must always be defended.”
Overall, what does an acquittal mean for President Trump? The acquittal allows him to run for office again and keep his presidential benefits, including his annual pension.
However, he could have criminal charges brought up against him again as investigations continue with regard to his other actions.