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Trump Acquitted on Both Articles of Impeachment By Senate

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks at his press conference following the Senate's final vote in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the United States Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on both Articles of Impeachment presented by the House of Representatives.

The articles of impeachment brought against Trump were for an Abuse of Power and the Obstruction of Congress. 

The House required 67 votes in favor of either impeachment article in order to remove Trump from office but only received 48 votes for the article of Abuse of Power and 47 for the article of the Obstruction of Congress. The votes ended up 48-52 and 47-53 along party lines with Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) being the only Republican to cross party lines, voting in favor of the article of Abuse of Power but against the Article of Obstruction of congress.

These final two votes come after more than a week’s worth of impeachment proceedings during which both the House and the President’s defense team made their case for and against the articles of impeachment. This decision also comes after a 51-49 senate vote in which the Senate decided against allowing more witnesses to be called as a part of the proceedings.

 

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on Feb. 6, to correct information regarding the vote tallies.

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