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Trump acquitted in second impeachment trial, but outcomes favour Democrats

It can only be good news for the Democrats if the crack in the Republican Party widens, says Nirmal Ghosh. PHOTO: AFP
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WASHINGTON - Following a relatively speedy 5-day impeachment trial, former US president Donald Trump was predictably acquitted by the majority of Republican senators on Saturday (Feb 13) - but the process, and the outcome, was on balance a net win for the Democratic Party.

Critics are of the view that the failure to convict Mr Trump for what even key Republicans believe he did - foment and incite an insurrection - means he got away with it. The acquittal will only burnish his image as a champion of his base. In that sense, the outcome was not a good one in a still dangerously divided country.

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