By acquittal of Donald Trump, the GPP made sure his influence continues to dominate the party The federal criminal investigation into the Capitol uprising will answer the question of Dr Trump’s guilt has lived for months

Richard Burr’s vote to convict the ex-president renews speech about a Lara Trump run in North Carolina

Trump’s quick acquittal wasn’t exactly a win for Biden, but it helped him keep going

The setback against the seven Republican senators who backed former President Donald J’s conviction in Trump’s impeachment proceedings has begun
In Louisiana, the Republican Party Executive Committee unanimously voted on Saturday to reprimand Senator Bill Cassidy, who was just re-elected in November and was among those responsible for the search for Mr. Trump guilty Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry said Mr. Cassidy was “caught in the Democratic trap of letting Republicans attack Republicans”

Two of the Republicans who voted for the condemnation, Senators Richard M Burr of North Carolina and Patrick J Toomey, of Pennsylvania, is not seeking re-election next year, which gives them more political freedom than many of their peers, but at home they were still rebuked

Lawrence Tabas, chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, described the trial as “an unconstitutional theft of time and energy that did absolutely nothing to unite or help the American people,” added, “I share them Disappointment of many of our grass-roots leaders and volunteers with Senator Toomey’s vote today ”

In North Carolina, State Republican Party chairman Michael Whatley said Mr. Burr’s vote was “shocking and disappointing. Representative Dan Bishop, Republican of North Carolina, expressed support for his criticism.”

“Wrong vote, Sen Burr, “Former Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican candidate for his party’s Senate nomination next year, wrote on Twitter,” I’m going to replace Richard Burr because North Carolina needs a truly Conservative champion to be its next Senator. ” >

Of the seven Republicans who have voted for Mr Trump’s condemnation, only one of them, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, will vote in the 2022 election.But she is a uniquely formidable candidate in her state who after losing a primary school has once won re-election as a candidate for enrollment

The Republican senators, who broke with their party during the former president’s trial, joined 10 House Republicans who voted last month to indict him, sparking an earlier backlash within the EP

During the first trial of Donald J. Trump, the former president, ordered his party near total allegiance.His Conservative defenders were passionate and numerous, and Republicans voted to condemn him – for pressuring Ukraine to help him smear Joseph R. Biden Jr – were practically non-existent

But this time around, seven Republican Senators voted with Democrats to condemn Mr. Trump – the most bipartisan reprimand ever made in impeachment.Multiple others, including Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, suggested that Mr. Trump could deserve to be prosecuted

Mr McConnell, speaking from the Senate after the vote, condemned Mr. Trump’s “incomprehensible behavior” and blamed him for inspiring “lawlessness and violence” ”

Yes, Mr. McConnell had teamed up with the vast majority of Republicans a few minutes earlier to bring Mr. Trump not guilty

The vote is a pivotal moment for Trump forming a personality cult that is likely to leave a deep blemish on the historical record. After Republicans missed the opportunity to oust him through impeachment, it is not clear when – or how – they could turn their party into something other than a vessel for a half-weary demagogue who was rejected by the majority of voters

In a statement to celebrate the Senate vote on Saturday, Mr. Trump stated that his political movement “has only just begun”

The list of Republicans who voted for the condemnation was in itself a statement on Mr Trump’s political grip on the GPP Only Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska is up for re-election next year and has survived the strenuous attacks from the right before

The rest of the group consisted of two retiring lawmakers – Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina and Senator Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania – and three more who just won new terms in November and not until the latter half of Year before the voters will again be decade

In Washington, a quiet majority of Republican officials seem to be embracing the kind of wishful thinking suggested by Mr. Trump’s first campaign in 2016, and then for much of his presidency, insisted that his own outrageous behavior would soon marginalize him or lack the discipline to make himself an enduring political leader

Several appeared to be looking at the criminal justice system as a means to help Mr. Trump Mr Trump is facing multiple investigations by local authorities in Georgia and New York into his political and business relationships

Even in places where Mr. Trump has a strong following, there is growing recognition that the party’s loss of the White House and Senate in 2020 and the House two years earlier were not accidental – and that it is merely a campaign as a party of Trump probably not attractive enough to regain control of Congress next year

Republicans who backed former President Donald J’s impeachment sentence Trump began a defiant counter-offensive on Sunday against threats made by Mr. Trump’s defense attorney, a sign that the divisions uncovered in the Senate vote on Saturday were deepening

At the same time, Mr Trump’s loyalists, led by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, have kept the pressure on, warning that any dissent would spark a right-wing riot that would lead to the election of more pro-Trump candidates, including relatives of the former president

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, one of seven Republicans voted for convicting the former president for inciting the Capitol uprising on Jan. Voted Jan. 6, sent a blistering goodbye to him – after Republicans from the Trump wing of the party promised to oust them in 2022

“President Trump was not concerned about the Vice President; he was not concerned about members of Congress; He wasn’t concerned about the Capitol Police, ”she wrote in a statement on Twitter.“ He was concerned about his election and takeover ”

She added, “If months of lying, organizing a rally of supporters to thwart the work of Congress, encouraging a crowd to march on the Capitol, and then failing to take meaningful action to stop the violence, once it begins, I cannot imagine what it is that is not worthy of impeachment, conviction, and disqualification from office in the United States ”

Gov Larry Hogan of Maryland, a moderate Republican, defended the GPP Senators who voted for the conviction – Ms. Murkowski, Susan Collins from Maine, Richard Burr from North Carolina, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, Ben Sasse from Nebraska, Mitt Romney from Utah, and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania

“I think there were a lot more people who didn’t have the courage to choose like that,” said Mr Hogan told Jake Tapper on Sunday of CNN’s State of the Union, “But you’re right, there weren’t enough people willing to stand up”

He said it reminded him how his father, former representative Lawrence Hogan Sr of Maryland was the only Republican in the House to recommend all three impeachment trials against former President Richard M Nixon – a decision that has cost him future elections

Two of the Republicans who oppose Mr. Trump, Mr. Toomey and Mr Burr, do not seek re-election.The others, including Ms. Murkowski and Mr. Romney, have strong support in their states

But Mr. Graham, a nasty ex-Trump critic who has become a staunch defense attorney, warned the seven Republicans that their defiance would have consequences, predicting that Mr. Trump’s daughter-in-law now enjoyed the front runner in the race to succeed Mr. Ridge in two years

“My friend Richard Burr made Lara Trump almost a sure-fire candidate for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace if she runs,” he said in a Sunday interview with Fox News

Senator Richard M Burr’s decision to vote for the condemnation of former President Donald J Trump on Saturday added to speculation that Lara Trump, Mr. Trump’s daughter-in-law will seek the seat of the North Carolina Senate. Burr will be vacated in 2022

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a former Trump critic turned strong defender, predicted on Sunday that Mr. Burr’s somewhat surprising dissent would spark a right-wing uprising that would lead to the election of more pro-Trump candidates

“My friend Richard Burr made Lara Trump almost a sure-fire candidate for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace if she runs,” he said in an interview with Fox News

Ms. Trump, 38, a former personal trainer and television producer who grew up on the coast in Wilmington, has been hovering for months as a possible Burr successor in hopes of using the family name and her fundraiser for the former president

Ms. Trump currently lives in the northern suburbs of New York City with her husband Eric and their children and would have to move back

And several ambitious Republicans in the state, including former Representative Mark Walker, an ally of Trump, and Pat McCrory, a former governor, are possible candidates Mark Meadows, the former North Carolina representative and former Trump’s chief of staff, has been called named possible contender, although he has remained a mother in this matter

Additionally, the Trump surname may be a liability on a jump ball battlefield that the former president won with just 1.3 percentage points in 2020

North Carolina, like Georgia, has a blue trend thanks to the influx of educated suburbanites, and Ms. Trump’s candidacy could help increase Democratic turnout, especially among the state’s large black population, and counter the typical decline in most mid-term elections / p>

In one possible sign of weakness for the Trump brand, Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican running for re-election in 2020, outperformed Mr. Trump in the state last year – despite being backed by a scandal that engulfed his democratic opponent (Mr. Tillis, in contrast to Mr. Burr, voted against condemnation)

But Ms. Trump’s Booster, led by Mr. Graham hopes she can use the angry backlash in the base of the party to propel her to the top of the field

According to Mr. Burr’s voice, the North Carolina GPP rebuked Mr. Burr called his voice “shocking and disappointing on Instagram Live on Saturday, Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of the President, hit Mr. a ridge with a profane insult that called his manhood into question

Mr Burr, who will retire at the end of his term following the 2022 election, has had a cool relationship with Mr. Trump As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr. Burr has led a bipartisan investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections
A two-thirds majority of the Senate votes was required to convict Donald J Trump in his impeachment trial was always extremely unlikely, and everyone involved knew it.As a result, the House impeachment executives often seemed to be talking less to the Senate than to history

On Saturday, the Senators voted 57 to 43 for the conviction of Mr Trump for inciting the brutal, bloody uprising in the Capitol on May 1 January 6 – not convicted as expected

And after that some Republicans seemed to want to speak to the story as well, even if it was more of an attempt to try both ways

In speeches and post-vote statements, several Republicans who voted in favor of Mr. Trump’s acquittal have still declared him responsible for the attack on the Capitol. Most prominent and fierce of them was Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the leader of the Minority

“The people who stormed this building believed they were responding to the wishes and orders of their president,” said Mr. McConnell said, “This belief was a predictable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and ruthless exaggeration that the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on earth” [See]

Mr McConnell’s stated reason for his “not guilty” vote was that Mr. Trump was no longer in office – even though it was Mr. McConnell, who prevented the Senate from starting the process while Mr. Trump stayed in office

Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi took up this argument when she unexpectedly appeared at a Democratic press conference after the vote

“It is so pathetic that Senator McConnell kept the Senate closed so the Senate could not receive the impeachment notice and has used this as his excuse not to convict Donald Trump,” she said

Even so, it was noticed that Senate Republican leader Mr Trump is using language that could have come from the property managers who tried to convict him – something he certainly did not do the last time he was Mr Trump has been charged

“A mob attacked a capitol on his behalf. These criminals carried his banners, hung his flags and shouted their loyalty to him “Mr. McConnell said, “There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day”

But what Mr Biden and his team wanted even more, was a quick, no-frills and decisive end to the trial of the former president – one that Mr. Trump’s misdeeds highlighted Republican divisions and enabled a quick relapse into the coronavirus pandemic

With that in mind, Mr. Trump’s acquittal on Saturday, but angry with Mr. Biden personally was an important political victory that enabled him to redirect attention to the issue that drove him to victory, a promise to competently deal with the virus and its economic consequences

White House officials who have spoken for the past 24 hours have said they did not pressure the House impeachment executives to give up their last-minute efforts to get Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican out of the Washington State to call to produce evidence that Mr. Trump was on the side of the rioters who started on Jan. January 6th stormed the Capitol

But aides to the President, including his Chief of Staff Ron Klain, have made it clear to Congress Democrats that a dangerous extension of the process would be a dangerous distraction from Mr. Biden’s Top Priority: Quickly Hand Over His $ 1 9 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Package

In a statement posted late Saturday, Mr. Biden said while Mr. Trump was acquitted of instigating the Capitol riot: “The content of the indictment is undisputed,” Mr. Biden quoted Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, as saying who phoned Mr Trump on Saturday is a “shameful breach of duty” ”

Nonetheless, the president’s utterances focused less on his disgust towards his predecessor than on empathy for the victims of the uprising and their families

In that regard, his comments reflected the approach of a man with the same experience of personal heartbreak – the loss of his son, Mr. Biden echoed the words of the chief impeachment manager, Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland, whose emotional appeal to decency and patriotism was repeated was based on the recent suicide of his son Tommy

“Almost two weeks ago, Jill and I paid our respects to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was in honor of the Rotunda after he died on May 6 Lost his life on January 1st, 2021 to protect the Capitol from a riotous, violent mob “Mr. Biden wrote on the first line

Mr Biden, while assisting Mr Trump’s impeachment, largely distanced himself from the details of the process, a notable exception on Thursday when he stated that a graphic video of the Jan 6 Riots exhibited during the trial may have “changed some opinions”

Since Congress was consumed by the trial this weekend, Mr. Biden was at the Presidential Retreat at Camp David, Maryland, his first trip away from Washington since taking office

Aides said Mr Biden’s plan for next week was to return the country’s focus to fighting the coronavirus and helping the economy recover, they scheduled a televised town hall in Wisconsin on Wednesday , which is focused on its pandemic, followed by a trip to Michigan Thursday to tour a vaccine manufacturing facility

On Sunday, the third anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., shooting, Mr. Biden made a statement in honor of the young victims and their loved ones who “must wonder how much too many families – and indeed how our nation – must be if things would ever be okay””


Commentators from around the world were quick to respond to former President Donald J’s news Trump’s acquittal in his second impeachment lawsuit, which many said it shook their confidence in an already weakened American democracy

While the acquittal was expected, it was stressed for many that Mr Trump’s influence in the Republican Party would continue, signaling that American politics would remain deeply divided

“Donald Trump’s acquittal confirms the profound split in the Republican Party,” read a headline on Sunday in Le Monde, a French daily newspaper

An editorial in The Sydney Morning Herald of Australia described the result as a “demoralizing blow to the ideals of democracy, justice and accountability” that “will stand for generations as a horrific example of the Republican Party’s cowardice”

The editorial said if Mr. Trump continued to dominate the thinking of the GPPThen those who want to defend democracy must remain vigilant ”

The uncertain future of the United States’ political system has been a recurring theme for international observers

The acquittal was “an unprecedented failure of American democracy” and “a triumph of madness,” said Roland Nelles, a Washington correspondent for German outlet Der Spiegel, adding that Republican senators had the door open for a comeback from let Mr. Trump in 2024

“The US. remains in a precarious situation, ”wrote Li Haidong, professor at China Foreign Affairs University, in The Global Times, a newspaper controlled by the Chinese Communist Party

“The minds of ordinary Americans and even American political elites are in a state of change, as one defines ‘I am American’,” he added. “This also shows that the ongoing cultural wars, identity struggles and general social division in the USAS will continue to deepen and cannot be alleviated ”

House impeachment executives on Sunday praised the seven Republicans who voted to convict President Trump of “inciting insurrection”, arguing that it represents a historic condemnation of the former president’s role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, although the two-thirds majority required for the condemnation was not achieved

“This was the most bipartisan impeachment in our country’s history,” said Pennsylvania Democrat representative Madeleine Dean, impeachment manager, on ABC’s “This Week.” “I give credit to the seven Republicans who stood by us””

These seven Republicans, including Senators Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania, and Richard M Burr of North Carolina has come under fire from national and state Republicans for convicting Mr. Trump

But Mr. Cassidy said he believes if the former president chose to run again in 2024, “I think his armed forces are slacking,” adding that “the Republican Party is more than just a person – the Republican Party is about ideas ”

“It was clear that he wanted lawmakers to be intimidated,” said Mr. Cassidy said of Mr. Speaking about ABC’s “This Week,” Trump added that he had listened to arguments from both sides but ultimately felt that there was a clear motive

Also as Ms. Dean and other Democrats defended the final decision not to depose witnesses and to subpoena additional documents They began doubling down the call for a commission to investigate the errors that led to the attack on the Capitol and make changes, much like what happened after Sept. 11 Attacks MS Dean described it as “an impartial commission, not run by politics and made up of people who stand up to the courage of their convictions”

“There is more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear,” said Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, on ABC’s “This Week,” adding that a commission “would make sure that we secure the Capitol for the future”and disclose how responsible” Mr. Trump was for the attack

“We didn’t need any more witnesses,” Delegate Stacey Plaskett, the Democrat who represents the United States Virgin Islands and an impeachment manager told CNN’s State of the Union we needed more barbed senators””

For the past four years, Tom Perez has had perhaps the most ungrateful job in American politics: Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

His last day of work for the DNC. was Friday and he spoke to the New York Times the day before about his experience in leading the party, the results of last year’s election, and his future policy plans. Here are some highlights; You can read the full Q and a Here

Do you think the DNC. Given the results of legislative and congressional competitions, should more attention and resources have devoted to voting competitions?

The really unfortunate thing about this election cycle is that we had a record turnout and we should celebrate this bipartisan because we did really well, we won the presidency, we got the house, we got the senate, and the Republicans won in a row critical race that is undeniable they won a number of Senate seats they won a number of congressional seats and they won because a lot of their people turned out and instead, Donald Trump and the far right party decided to invest in this fiction that it was kind of massive There was electoral fraud that is inaccurate

One or more different states must come first. The difference between first and third place is really important. We know how important the dynamics are in democratic primaries

I’ll try again. Could you stand up to defend Iowa and New Hampshire first?

The status quo is clearly unacceptable To just say, “Let’s just keep going because we have always done it this way”Well, I think Iowa started out as an early caucus state in 1972. The world has changed a lot from 1972 to 2020 and 2024. The idea that we have to do it because we have always done it is an absolutely inadequate justification for to go again first

This is the 2020 Democratic Party It is different from the Democratic Party in how we were in 1972 And we need to reflect that change And so I am confident that the status quo will not survive

We need a governor who can build really close relationships with the Biden administration and build strong relationships with all jurisdictions in Maryland

Marylanders are like everyone else We want an end to this pandemic We want to get the kids back to school We want to get people back to work The pandemic has disproportionately affected women and color communities in Maryland. And I was lucky enough to be in Local government and to work with the nonprofit denominations and state government there

I’m listening right now I’m on a listening tour in Maryland And I think we really need leadership with a bold vision of inclusion and opportunity because zip code should never dictate fate in any church across America

The conclusion of Donald J Trump’s impeachment trial on Saturday was briefly cast into doubt after a last-minute request for testimony threatened to extend the trial, but the issue has been resolved and the way has paved the way for final arguments and a vote that prompted Mr. Trump’s second acquittal for high crimes and Offenses Here are some of the takeaways from the fifth and final day of the hearing

It took Democrats 17 Republicans to vote with them and convict Mr. Trump on a single charge of “inciting insurrection” for his role in the attack on the Capitol. In the end, only seven ranks broke, one more than expected: Senator Richard M North Carolina ridge

In the final arguments, Mr. Trump’s defense team has condemned the lethal violence against Jan 6, claiming that the former president was slandered by biased news media and the victim of protracted “vendetta” by his political opponents

Representative Joe Neguse of Colorado, one of the impeachment managers, highlighted the prospect of more politically motivated attacks in the future should Mr Trump not be held accountable

“Senators, this can’t be the beginning. It can’t be the new normal,” said Mr. Neguse said on Saturday “It has to be the end. This decision is in your hands”

On Saturday morning, the Senate was ready to hear final arguments, but plans for a speedy end were threatened with a piece of evidence at the eleventh hour that the House impeachment managers said was crucial: details of a phone call with the representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader of the house where Mr. Trump is said to have sided with the rioters when his supporters stormed the Capitol

The details were released in a statement released Friday night by Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of the charges against Mr. Trump, who described her conversation with Mr. McCarthy on calling the President

“If you want a delay, it will be a long one with many, many witnesses,” Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on Twitter

“If you want to pull this out, we’ll pull it out,” said Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa during a trial hiatus. “You won’t get your nouns, you won’t get anything,” she said, referring to the nominees from President Biden for top positions

After negotiations behind the scenes, both sides agreed to simply put Ms. Herrera Beutler’s testimony on the file

Michael T van der Veen expressed frustration at the possibility of delaying the trial with testimony A Philadelphia trial attorney, Mr. van der Veen temporarily broke out of the Senate Chamber due to the lack of legal norms

“If you want to have witnesses, I need at least 100+ statements, not just one,” said Mr van der Veen added that it was “inappropriate and inappropriate” to raise witnesses at this point in the trial ”(The Senate saw a similar situation in Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial) However, the court norms he uses do not apply to impeachment procedures, which are largely drafted by the Senate

Mr van der Veen, part of a team of defense lawyers after Mr Trump split from his first team, complained that he only had eight days to prepare

“This is the worst experience I’ve had down here in Washington, DC.”He said on Friday

The impeachment proceedings against former President Donald J Trump mainly focused on his actions leading to the violent attack on the Capitol on Jan. January 6 led

But that day there was a crucial period of almost five hours – between the end of Mr. Trump’s speech on the Ellipse urging his followers to march to the Capitol and a final tweet telling his followers to remember the day forever – that remains crucial to his state of mind

During the trial, evidence was found of what Mr. Trump was during these hours from about 1 pm to approx 6 pm, including new details about two phone calls to lawmakers that prosecutors said clearly brought the president’s attention to the mayhem on Capitol Hill

One was a call from the White House to Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee at Jan.6 p.m. According to call logs provided by the senator during the impeachment process

The president had called but he was actually looking for Senator Tommy Tuberville, Republican from Alabama Mr. Lee put the phone on Mr. Tuberville, who told reporters that he had informed Mr. Trump that Vice President Mike Pence had just been escorted as the mob approached the Senate Chamber

“I said, ‘Mr President, you just took out the vice president, I have to go “Tuberville told Politico

The House Prosecutor used the information on the appeal to argue that Mr Trump was clearly aware that the Vice President was in danger and that he was a persistent disregard for Mr Pence’s Security On Friday, Mr Trump’s defense team had insisted that Mr Trump was not aware of any danger, the Mr. Pence

The other call was between Rep Kevin McCarthy of California, Republican leader of the House, and President Trump, who was getting heated, according to a Republican Congressman, Rep Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington State

In a statement on Friday evening, which was admitted as evidence in the trial on Saturday, Dr Herrera Beutler said that Mr. McCarthy had a screaming match with Mr. Trump during the call

Mr McCarthy had it Mr. Trump, with his own office window broken into. “Well, Kevin, I think these people are more upset about the election than you are,” said Mr. Trump said after a report by CNN that the congressman confirmed

“Who are you talking to?” Mr McCarthy shot back at one point, CNN reported, including an expletive

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