Donald Trump, the former president of the United States has welcomed his acquittal in the US Senate on an impeachment charge he called ‘witch hunt’ and said his political movement “to Make America Great Again has only just begun”.

“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” Trump said in a statement issued just moments after the Senate vote.

“In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people,” he said.

“We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future,” Trump added.

The Senate trial concluded on Saturday with a 57-43 vote, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict the Republican former president on a charge of inciting the mob that attacked the US Capitol on January 6.

Seven Republicans joined the Senate’s 48 Democrats and two independents in favor of conviction. These 7 GOP Senators included Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Trump, while lauding the acquittal, called the impeachment effort a further “witch hunt.” Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi called Republicans who did not support conviction “cowardly.”

Trump denounced his second impeachment trial as “yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.”

“No president has ever gone through anything like it,” Trump said.

The end of the trial could make room for momentum on Biden’s priorities. The Democrat is eager to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill and get the remaining nominees for his Cabinet confirmed by the Senate.

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