2 impeachment trials, 2 escape hatches for Donald TrumpBy CALVIN WOODWARDFebruary 14, 2021 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial centered on a phone call Americans never heard with the leader of a country very far away. The trial went on for two weeks of he-said-she-said. There was a mountain of evidence to pore over but not one drop of blood to see. Trump’s second impeachment trial was a steroidal sequel centered on the rage, violence and anguish of one day in Washington. There was nothing foreign or far away about it. There was blood. Together these trials a year apart spoke to one president’s singular capacity to get into, and out of, trouble — the story of Trump’s life. The only president to be impeached twice has once again evaded consequences,

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After impeachment acquittal, Trump remains dominant in GOPBy STEVE PEOPLESFebruary 14, 2021 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party still belongs to Donald Trump. After he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month, the GOP considered purging the norm-shattering former president. But in the end, only seven of 50 Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump in his historic second impeachment trial on Saturday. For Trump’s loyalists, the acquittal offers a vindication of sorts and a fresh connection to the former president’s fiery base. And for Trump’s GOP antagonists, it marks another alarming sign that the party is lurching further in a dangerous direction with little desire to reconnect with the moderates, women and college-educated voters Trump alienated. ADVERTISEMENT Ultimately, the resolution of the impeachment trial brings into clear relief

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Trump acquitted, denounced in historic impeachment trialBy LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICKFebruary 14, 2021 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was acquitted Saturday of inciting the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial that spared him the first-ever conviction of a current or former U.S. president but exposed the fragility of America’s democratic traditions and left a divided nation to come to terms with the violence sparked by his defeated presidency. Barely a month since the deadly Jan. 6 riot that stunned the world, the Senate convened for a rare weekend session to deliver its verdict, voting while armed National Guard troops continued to stand their posts outside the iconic building. The quick trial, the nation’s first of a former president, showed in raw and emotional detail how perilously close the

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Trump acquitted, denounced in historic impeachment trialBy LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICKFebruary 13, 2021 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was acquitted Saturday of inciting the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial that spared him the first-ever conviction of a U.S. president but exposed the fragility of America’s democratic traditions and left a divided nation to come to terms with the violence sparked by his defeated presidency. Barely a month since the deadly Jan. 6 riot that stunned the world, the Senate convened for a rare weekend session to deliver its verdict, voting while armed National Guard troops continued to stand their posts outside the iconic building. The quick trial, the nation’s first of a former president, showed how perilously close the invaders had come to destroying the nation’s deep

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GOP’s McConnell: Trump morally responsible for Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell excoriated Donald Trump on Saturday for being “morally responsible” for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, but said he voted to acquit him at the impeachment trial because he believes the Senate had no jurisdiction over a former president. Washington’s most powerful Republican used his strongest language to date to denounce Trump minutes after the Senate voted 57-43 to convict Trump but fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to find him guilty. It was a stunningly bitter castigation of Trump by McConnell, who could have used much of the same speech had he instead decided to convict Trump. Had McConnell voted to find Trump guilty, he has enough respect

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The Latest: Trump lawyer jokes he’s ‘going to Disney World’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Trump lawyer jokes after acquittal: “We’re going to Disney World!” Donald Trump’s legal team is taking a victory lap after securing his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial. Addressing reporters after the trial concluded, the team thanked the Senate for finding the former president not guilty of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. ADVERTISEMENT Michael van der Veen, who presented the bulk of the defense, fist-bumped a colleague as he departed the Capitol. He joked: “We’re going to Disney World!” The vote on Trump’s impeachment was 57-43, with seven Republicans joining all Democrats to vote for Trump’s conviction. Two

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Trump acquitted: Senate votes 57-43 at impeachment trialBy LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICKFebruary 13, 2021 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Saturday acquitted Donald Trump of inciting the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial that exposed the fragility of America’s democratic traditions and left a divided nation to come to terms with the violence sparked by his defeated presidency. Barely a month since the deadly Jan. 6 riot that stunned the world, the Senate convened for a rare weekend session to deliver its verdict, voting while armed National Guard troops continued to stand their posts outside the iconic building. The quick trial, the nation’s first of a former president, showed how perilously close the invaders had come to destroying the nation’s deep tradition of a peaceful transfer of presidential power

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The Latest: Schumer decries ‘vote of infamy’ to acquit TrumpFebruary 13, 2021 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 4:10 p.m. The Senate’s top Democrat says Jan. 6 will live as a “day of infamy” in American history and that the vote to acquit Donald Trump “will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the United States Senate.” Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, took to the Senate floor on Saturday to decry the Senate’s acquittal of the former president on a charge that he incited the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He applauded the seven Republicans who joined all 50 Democrats in voting to convict Trump. He called the day of the riot the “final, terrible

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GOP’s McConnell: Close call but he’ll vote to acquit Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told colleagues Saturday that in a “close call,” he will vote to acquit Donald Trump in the former president’s impeachment trial. McConnell’s decision, conveyed to colleagues in an email obtained by The Associated Press, ended the suspense over what the chamber’s most influential Republican would decide, essentially slamming the door on chances that Trump would be found guilty. “While a close call, I am persuaded that impeachments are a tool primarily of removal and we therefore lack jurisdiction,” McConnell wrote. He said the Constitution lets presidents no longer in office be pursued for “criminal misconduct,” easing his concern about Democratic prosecutors’ argument that an acquittal would allow a “January exception” against trying

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Trump the inciter? Senate moves toward impeachment voteBy LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICKFebruary 13, 2021 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats began wrapping up their impeachment case against Donald Trump on Saturday after a tumultuous morning in which they gave up a last-minute plan for witness testimony that could have significantly prolonged the trial and delayed a vote on whether the former president incited the deadly Capitol insurrection. An unexpected morning vote in favor of hearing witnesses threw the trial into confusion just as it was on the verge of concluding. But both sides ultimately reached a deal to instead enter into the record a statement from a Republican House lawmaker about a heated phone call on the day of the riot between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that Democrats say established Trump’s indifference

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