Former US president Donald Trump found not guilty in impeachment trial

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Former US president Donald Trump has been found not guilty in his impeachment trial.

The final vote was 57 ‘guilty’ and 43 ‘not guilty.’ There only needed to be 34 ‘not guilty votes’ – i.e. a two thirds majority for acquittal.

In a statement after the trial, Mr Trump said it was: “a sad commentary on our times” that the Democrats had been given a “free pass to transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree.”

He added: “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 honourably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.

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

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