Senate votes to acquit President Trump of both impeachment charges

by Adam Ford · Feb 5th, 2020 4:36 pm

Last Updated Feb 5th, 2020 at 5:48 pm

The United States Senate voted to acquit President Trump of both impeachment charges Wednesday, bringing to an end the third presidential impeachment trial in American history.

The party-line vote found the president not guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. All Democrats plus one Republican — Mitt Romney — voted to convict Trump on the abuse of power charge, while all other Republicans voted to acquit him for a final vote tally of 52–48. The obstruction of Congress vote fell cleanly along party lines, being shot down 53–47.

Romney, Utah senator and staunch opponent of Trump, was the only Republican to vote in favor of conviction, on the abuse of power charge. His defection, however, did not bring the Senate anywhere near the two-thirds majority required by the Constitution to convict and remove a president from office.

Trump celebrated his victory by tweeting a meme video showing him standing behind a yard sign calling for him to be president "4EVA."

He also said he would be making a public statement on Thursday at noon from the White House "to discuss our Country's VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!"

The president was accused by Democrats of abusing the power of his office by improperly pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 rival, and his son, Hunter.


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