U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) released the following statement after the Senate voted 57 guilty to 43 not guilty, falling short of the two-thirds needed to convict former President Trump:
“On January 6th the Capitol was attacked in an effort to usurp the results of free and fair elections and tear down our democratic institutions. Former President Trump is responsible for pushing conspiracy theories, protecting white supremacists and hate groups, lying to the American people, and inciting this violent insurrection that has left a trail of death and injury in its wake.
“Today’s vote, while falling short of the needed threshold to convict, shows that a bipartisan majority believes Donald Trump is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors against the U.S. government. The former President’s refusal to take any responsibility or uphold his oath of office prove that he is unfit to hold such office. I will never forget the events of January 6th, the result of years of Trump’s lies as he stoked division and hatred, and I’m disappointed that so many GOP Senators chose to ignore the damage he has done to our democracy.”