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President Trump acquitted in final impeachment trial vote

Trump acquitted by Senate on articles of impeachment for abuse of power
Posted at 6:52 AM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 22:59:33-05

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will remain in office following a Senate vote to acquit him Wednesday of high crimes and misdemeanors brought forward in two articles of impeachment that alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The final Senate vote took place at about 4 p.m.

President Donald Trump said on Twitter he will make a public statement from the White House Thursday at 12 p.m.

After a session on Saturday to determine the next steps in the trial, both impeachment managers and Trump's legal defense team delivered closing arguments Monday morning. Since that time, Senators have had the opportunity to deliver remarks about the trial and how it was handled.

Trump is seemingly eager to use Wednesday's results as vindication, a political anthem in his reelection bid.

A majority of senators have now expressed unease with Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. But there's nowhere near the two-thirds vote necessary in the Republican-held Senate to convict and remove the president from office.

A two-thirds vote is required to remove a president from office.

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah was the lone Republican joining all 47 Democrats in voting in favor of removing Trump from office, voting guilty in the case of the first impeachment article. Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 standard-bearer, became the first senator in U.S. history to vote to remove a president from the same party.

The first article was for abuse of power, and accused Trump of, "Using the powers of his high office, President Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States Presidential election." 52 senators voted not guilty; 48 voted guilty.

The second article was for obstruction of Congress, as House Democrats accused Trump of blocking witnesses and evidence from the White House as part of the House's impeachment inquiry. 53 senators voted not guilty; 48 voted guilty.

In December, Trump became the third sitting US president to be impeached by the House, following Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Both Johnson and Clinton were also acquitted. Johnson avoided being removed from office by a single vote.