Trump acquittal: Biden urges vigilance to defend ‘fragile’ democracy after impeachment trial

President says the substance of the charge against Donald Trump over the January attack on US Capitol is not in dispute

  • Donald Trump acquitted in second impeachment trial

US president Joe Biden has urged Americans to defend democracy following the acquittal of Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial, saying: “This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile.”

In a statement on Saturday night, Biden said the substance of the charge against his predecessor over the Capitol riot on 6 January in which five people died was not in dispute, and noted the seven Republicans who voted guilty.

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