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February 13, 2021

Former US President Donald Trump has successfully fought off the latest attempt to impeach him - over his involvement in last month's deadly Capitol riot in Washington.

Seven Republicans joined the Democrats in the Senate to vote "guilty" and although this was the highest number of defections ever in an impeachment trial, it was still far below the minimum of 17 needed for the former president to have been convicted of the incitement of insurrection in his impeachment trial.

Mr Trump was only the second US president to have been impeached twice and this trial was the shortest of all of them.

Mr Trump's acquittal means he can run for the 2024 presidency, should he chose to.