The impeachment saga is over as President Trump has been acquitted by the Republican-led Senate. Senators found Trump not guilty on both counts of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House in December. During the Senate impeachment trial, Republicans rejected Democratic demands for witness testimony and documents that have been blocked by the White House. Trump is only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
The House accused Trump of illegally withholding vital U.S. military aid to Ukraine while pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democrats. Republicans called impeachment a partisan charade and argued that Trump’s conduct was not impeachable. Utah Senator Mitt Romney cast the only Republican “guilty” vote on abuse of power. He said Trump committed a flagrant assault on fundamental values and an appalling abuse of public trust. Democrats held together in casting guilty votes on both counts.
The first Senate vote to acquit the President for abuse of power was 52-48. The second vote to acquit Trump on obstruction of Congress was 53-47. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts presided over the Senate trial and announced the outcomes of both votes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thanked Roberts for his service and awarded him a golden gavel.