Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on Saturday for the second time in as many years. Once again there was very little suspense. With a handful of exceptions, Senate Republicans had made it clear weeks ago that they had no intention of even entertaining the evidence in proceedings they dismissed as unconstitutional. The vote failed 57-43, with seven GOP defections, from Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey respectively. From beginning to end these solemn judicial proceedings took five days, far less time than the average felony trial.
For a brief moment it did appear as if this might not be the case.