BIDEN PONDERS ON TRUMP ACQUITTAL
US President Joe Biden has commented on the saga surrounding Donald Trump's impeachment trial, describing it as evidence of the fragility of democracy.
While noting the former president's acquittal in the Senate on the charge of inciting insurrection, he said the substance of the charge was not in dispute, according to a report from Euronews.
In a vote on Saturday, senators decided that he was guilty by 57 in favour to 43 against, but the margin was not enough to convict, which needed a two-thirds majority, or 67 votes.
The vote was on whether Trump had incited the deadly insurrection on January 6, when his supporters -- who included white supremacists and far-right militias -- overwhelmed police and stormed the Capitol in Washington.
Biden highlighted the comments of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who voted to acquit but launched a blistering attack on the ex-president.
"While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute," Biden said.
"Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a 'disgraceful dereliction of duty' and 'practically and morally responsible for provoking' the violence unleashed on the Capitol.
"This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies."