Daily US Times, Washington: Live impeachment trial- The Senate on Wednesday voted to acquit President Donald Trump on each count in his impeachment trial.
48 senators, together with one Republican, voted to convict Trump on a count of abuse of power, whereas 52, all Republicans, voted to acquit him.
The president was also impeached on the charge of obstruction of Congress, through which all 53 Republicans found him not guilty and the remaining 47 senators voted to convict.
The Senate has acquitted President Donald Trump on the charge of abuse of power, voting not guilty on the first article of impeachment Wednesday in a 52-48 vote.
And article II of impeachment same day in a 53-47 vote.
However the guilty votes had a pinch of bipartisanship: Sen. Mitt Romney voted to take away Trump from office on the charge, making the Utah Republican the first senator in US historical past to vote to convict a president from the same party in an impeachment trial.
Each Democrat voted to convict the President.
Romney mentioned on the Senate flooring that Trump was “guilty of appalling abuse of public belief” when he pressured Ukraine to research former Vice President Joe Biden whereas withholding US safety support.
“The grave query the Structure duties senators to reply is whether the President dedicated an act so excessive and egregious that it rises to the extent of ‘excessive crime and misdemeanour.’
Sure, he did,” Romney mentioned. “Corrupting an election to maintain oneself within the office is probably the most abusive and damaging violation of one’s oath of office that I can think about.”
The Senate will vote subsequent on the second impeachment article: obstruction of Congress. The end result is a foregone conclusion: a two-thirds majority is required for conviction.
Romney will vote to search out the President guilty of the House’s first article, abuse of power, and not guilty on the second charge, obstruction of Congress when the Senate votes on the impeachment trial verdict.
The end result is a foregone conclusion: Senate Republicans have a 53-47 majority within the chamber, and a two-thirds majority is required for conviction.