The Impeachment Trial Ends With Senate Finding Trump Not Guilty
Despite mounting evidence, Senate Republicans decided not to impeach Trump.
February 05, 2020 at 10:11 pm
It is official, Senate Republicans voted on Wednesday to acquit President Donald Trump of both articles of impeachment charges.
According to The New York Times, the Republican-controlled Senate voted 52 to 48, on the first article of impeachment and 53 to 47 on the second article. Utah Senator Mitt Romney broke party line and voted in favor of removal on grounds of abuse of power.
The vote came after a bitter fight between House impeachment managers, who acted as prosecutors in the president's trial, and Trump's defense team over his dealings with Ukraine.
On December 18, 2019, the House Democrats voted to draft two articles against Trump. The charges were based on Trump's effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating one of his political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, ahead of the 2020 election.
Trump was in talks of withholding foreign aid to the European country, which is going to war with one of the country's adversaries, Russia.
The House relied on witnesses to Trump's strong-arming. However, the Republican-controlled Senate refused to subpoena documents or hear new witness testimony, reports the Times.
According to CNN, a phone conversation in July by Trump and his allies, including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, took place where they attempted to force Ukraine into carrying out his political demands.
Senate Republicans also blocked former national security adviser John Bolton who was willing to testify and had firsthand knowledge of the president's pressuring Ukraine.
It looks like if Democrats want Trump out of office they will have to vote him out in November.