Donald Trump has been acquitted this Wednesday, February 5th 2020 in his Senate trial on both of the articles of impeachment he faced, ending the threat that he would be removed from office and concluding the impeachment process.
President Donald Trump was acquitted on impeachment charges by the Senate on Wednesday but was unfortunately denied the full support of Republicans as Mitt Romney became the first senator in US history to vote to convict a president from his own party.
The president was acquitted by a vote of 52-48 on the first charge of abuse of power, as Mr Romney broke with the other Republicans in the Senate. The Senate then found Mr Trump not guilty on a second charge of obstructing Congress by a party-line vote of 53-47.
The dramatic rebuke by the senator from Utah, who was the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, gave bipartisan credibility to an impeachment that was otherwise steadfastly opposed by Mr Trump’s party. Mr Romney, in emotional remarks on the Senate floor ahead of the vote, strongly criticised what he described as Mr Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden, a Democratic contender for the presidency, by withholding military aid.
“The president is guilty of appalling abuse of public trust,” said Mr Romney, who directly attacked Mr Trump’s continued insistence that his conduct was “perfect”. “What he did was not ‘perfect’. No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values,” the senator said, framing his comments in the context of his oath to God as a juror in the trial.
“My faith is at the heart of who I am,” he said, pausing for several seconds as he appeared to choke up. “I take an oath before God as enormously consequential”.