Donald Trump Acquitted on Charges of Impeachment

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Donald Trump Acquitted on Charges of Impeachment

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President Trump has been acquitted by the Senate on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

The impeachment trial all began with Trump’s request to Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political rival, Joe Biden. Nancy Pelosi, before the news of Ukraine broke out, warned of the need to “make such a compelling case . . . that the Republican Senate . . . will be convinced.” In the wake of Ukraine, the impeachment trial commenced, with the House voting to impeach him back in December with a 230 to 197 vote. Seventeen ambassadors, national security officials, and others had testified in the House. Nancy Pelosi delayed sending the articles to the Senate to further learn more about how Republicans would plan to conduct the trial.

The articles were submitted to the Senate on January 16, 2020, initiating the trial. Within the trial, no witnesses or new documents were introduced.

The vote came out as 52-48 for the first article of impeachment, the abuse of power. The second, obstruction of Congress, came out as 53-47, both articles concluding in a non-guilty verdict. Only one Republican, Mitt Romney of Utah, crossed party lines and voted to remove Trump. The party’s defeated 2012 presidential nominee, broke with the GOP.

The results were highly expected across the board. This brings Trump to being the 3rd president to be impeached, with an acquittal for Bill Clinton, and a resignation for Richard Nixon.