MOSCOW, February 14. /TASS/. Donald Trump’s acquittal by the US Congress in the impeachment procedure prevented Democrats from achieving the goal of "dealing the final blow" to the former president and show the entire world that US democracy is invincible, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev told TASS on Sunday.
"The purely internal squabbles between American politicians are aimed at solving two tasks, according to the winners from the Democratic Party - first, to deal the final blow to Trump, and also to demonstrate the whole world that American democracy is invincible. In my view, neither the first nor the second [effort] was successful," the senator said.
US Senate voted 57-43 to impeach Trump on Saturday. However, Trump was acquitted, because no less than 67 votes were required to convict him.
The US House of Representatives controlled by Democrats approved on January 13 a text of resolution on impeaching Trump, charging him with "incitement of insurrection." The resolution said Trump had "demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain office." Democrats initiated Trump's first impeachment trial in 2019 but that attempt failed.
The new impeachment drive was initiated over Trump’s remarks on January 6 when his supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington DC to stop lawmakers from officially certifying the results of the November presidential election. This was a last-ditch attempt to prevent Democrat Joe Biden from becoming the new president.
The situation was unprecedented since for the first time in the country’s history a president (who has already left the post) was subject to the impeachment procedure twice.