With Trump’s impeachment test over, Washington is desperately trying to move on

Former President Donald Trump’s release on charges of inciting a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol has left Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on Sunday even as Washington tries to move on. forward with the political agenda of Democratic President Joe Biden.

The Senate lawsuit came Saturday with a 57-43 vote condemning the former Republican president, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to do so. Seven Republicans joined 48 Senate Democrats and two independents for a conviction.

The lawsuit has left lawyers and the country they represent in a state of continuing political unrest. The Capitol building and the White House both block the public.

Biden appealed for unity to “heal this illegal war and heal the very soul of our country,” saying that every American had a duty and responsibility to defend the truth.

“This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That must always be defended. We must always be vigilant. Violence and terrorism have no place America, “he said in a statement. “That is the work that lies ahead. And it is an action that we must take together. As the United States of America.”

Trump, while advocating the liberation, described the impeachment attempt as another “witch hunt”. House of Representatives Democrat Nancy Pelosi called a Republican who did not support condemnation “weakly.”

Biden, who took up the post on Jan. 20, has declared unity after Jan. Riots with Trump supporters have left five dead and forced lawmakers to evacuate conference rooms in fear for their safety amid the November election results certification process.

The end of the test could make room for a move on Biden’s priorities. The Democrat is desperate to pass a $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill and nominate the candidates for his cabinet with the Senate. But lawyers’ disagreement over the proceedings is likely to be similar.

“Sadly, the Republican Senate chose to vote without condemning the Constitution, the country and the American people to abandon this vote,” Pelosi said.

Republican Senators Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey voted to condemn him.

“I’m sure there are many Alaskans who are very satisfied with my vote, but I’m sure there are many Alaskans who are proud of my vote,” Murkowski told Politico after the trial.

Murkowski is the only one of the seven who are up for re-election in 2022. The other six are retiring from Congress or their six-year terms do not expire in 2022 .

Trump has once again threatened to chase a Republican who does not support him by supporting opponents in their major elections. On Saturday he indicated that he was thinking about his own political future without revealing details.

“In the coming months I have much to tell you, and I look forward to continuing our remarkable journey together to achieve the greatness of America for all of our people,” he said in a statement.

Trump is the only president in U.S. history to have been twice inducted.