The Senate acquitted President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstructing a US House investigation of his pressure on Ukraine to investigate a political rival.
Trump was acquitted on both impeachment articles, bringing his Senate trial to its inevitable end. The Republican-led chamber voted 52-48 to acquit Trump of abusing the power of his office and 53-47 to clear him of the charge that he obstructed Congress.
While this outcome was widely expected, it sends Trump into his re-election campaign emboldened and unrepentant.
A guilty verdict on either of the two impeachment articles would have been enough to remove Trump from office.
The Senate began voting on the charge that Trump abused the power of his office, the first of two House impeachment articles, at 4:10PM.
It would take only 34 senators in Trump’s favour to acquit him, and Republicans control the chamber 53-47.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney voted to convict Trump on the charge of abusing his power, making him the lone member of his party to join with Democrats in saying the president should be removed from office. “The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” Romney said on the Senate floor.
Romney of Utah was one of two GOP senators, along with Susan Collins of Maine, to vote earlier to consider calling witnesses.
House Democrats have said previously that despite Trump’s expected acquittal by the Senate, they’ll continue pursuing inquiries into his administration, policies and businesses, as well as his actions regarding Ukraine.