Trump acquitted of both charges by Senate in impeachment trial 1 month ago

Trump acquitted of both charges by Senate in impeachment trial

The Senate on Wednesday voted to acquit President Donald Trump of both counts in his impeachment trial.

Trump had been accused of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, but Republicans managed to avert a Democrat attempt to remove him from office in an election-year for pressuring a foreign power to incriminate one of his rivals.

Democrats charged Trump in December with pressuring Ukraine to smear a potential White House rival.

However, both votes required a 67-vote threshold in order to pass with both falling short of a simple majority.

Forty-eight senators, including one Republican, found Trump guilty of abuse of power, while 52, all Republicans, voted to acquit him.

The president was also impeached on the charge of obstruction of Congress, in which all 53 Republicans found him not guilty and the remaining 47 senators voted to convict.

If Trump had been convicted on either count, he would have had to turn over his office to Vice-President Mike Pence.

Trump, who is seeking a second term as president, has always denied any wrongdoing.

"President Trump has been totally vindicated and it's now time to get back to the business of the American people," his re-election campaign said in a statement.

"The do-nothing Democrats know they can't beat him, so they had to impeach him."

Trump is the third US president to have been impeached following Bill Clinton in 1999 and Andrew Johnson in 1868. The latter two were left in power but did not seek re-election.