The Senate acquitted President Donald Trump for his dealings with Ukraine on Wednesday, culminating months of bitter partisan clashes over accusations he tried to cheat in the 2020 election by pressuring the U.S. ally to investigate political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
The Republican-led Senate voted to acquit Trump on two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was the only senator to cross party lines by voting to convict for abuse of power. Conviction was always unlikely in the GOP-led Senate, where Republicans hold a 53-47 majority because it required the support of at least two-thirds of the Senate or 67 senators.
The Senate voted 52-48 to acquit Trump on the abuse of power charge and 53-47 on the obstruction charge.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement saying “the sham impeachment attempt concocted by Democrats ended in the full vindication and exoneration” of Trump, decrying the impeachment as a “witch hunt” “based on a series of lies.”
President Donald Trump tweeted a video trolling Democrat that he would be “president 4eva” as his first official response to the US Senate formally voting to acquit him on charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress after a two-week-long trial.
Best troll EVER.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2020