Trump remains in office after Senate votes to acquit impeached president on obstruction of Congress charge, ending divisive trial
President Trump stonewalled the House impeachment probe, blocking witnesses and denying documents. Last week, Senate Republicans rejected a Democratic effort for witnesses and evidence, paving the way for the acquittal vote Wednesday.
The Senate also voted to acquit Trump on the charge of abuse of power. Several Republicans said Trump was wrong to leverage U.S. aid to Ukraine to pressure a foreign leader to investigate his domestic political rival, but argued that it did not warrant a guilty verdict and ouster from office.
Trump stands as the third president to be impeached.
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The Senate is poised Wednesday to acquit President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, ending a historic Senate trial that was centered on his conduct toward Ukraine but that did not include live witnesses or new documents.
Trump’s expected acquittal follows a State of the Union address Tuesday night in which he pointed to the strong economy as vindication as he sought to move on from impeachment. The speech ended with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tearing up a copy of Trump’s prepared remarks.
Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah), meanwhile, became the first Republican to break ranks with his party and announce that he will vote to convict Trump on abuse of power.
Trump was impeached by the House for alleged obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The crux of the case against him is the allegation that he withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son. Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, while his father was vice president.