In a typically bold statement, Mr. Trump suggests that he could be back in the political limelight to “make America great again”

Although the final vote was 57 “guilty” and 43 “not guilty”, the Democrats did not get the two-thirds majority they needed to secure a conviction

Seven members of Mr Trump’s own party (Senators Sasse, Romney, Burr, Collins, Murkowski, Toomey and Cassidy) joined the Democrats for incitement

In a post-trial statement, Trump said it was “a sad comment in our time” that Democrats had been blacklisted “a free pass to turn justice into an instrument of political vengeance and pursue it to set and cancel”suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or with whom they disagree”

He added, “I am and always will be an advocate of the unwavering rule of law, law enforcement heroes, and the right of Americans to discuss the issues of the day without malice and without peaceful and honorable hate

“No president has ever gone through anything like this, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the nearly 75 million people, the highest number ever had by a sitting president who voted for us a few months ago”

Mr Trump had been charged with “inciting insurrection” for violence last month when the US Capitol was stormed by his supporters just as Congress was trying to ratify the 2020 election results

Shortly before the riots on 6 January, thousands of his supporters gathered for a “Save America” ​​rally in the National Mall, just minutes from the Capitol

Mr Trump’s supporters listened to him for 70 minutes as the former reality star admonished them to “fight like hell – or you will run out of land”

At the impeachment hearing, Mr. Trump’s defense team launched a violent attack on the Democrats, calling the process an “unjust, unconstitutional witch hunt”

Michael van der Veen, Mr Trump’s attorney, said, “This whole spectacle was nothing more than the opposition party’s unqualified pursuit of longstanding political vengeance against Mr Trump”

He told the hearing that Mr. Trump was not to blame and that he had told his supporters to protest peacefully

It has been argued that his speech at the rally was “ordinary political rhetoric” and constitutionally protected freedom of speech

The first attempt to convict Mr Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in January 2020, he was acquitted by a majority of 52-48 for one indictment and 53-47 for the second

In his defiant statement after the vote closed on Saturday, Mr Trump hinted that he could potentially move back into the political spotlight

He said, “Our historical, patriotic, and beautiful movement to make America great again has only just begun.

“I have a lot to share with you in the months ahead, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people

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