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After more than five months of impeachment hearings, President Donald J. Trump was officially acquitted in the senate Wednesday on both impeachment charges

After more than five months of impeachment hearings from Nancy Pelosi’s House to Mitch McConnell’s Senate, President Donald J. Trump was officially acquitted in the senate Wednesday on both charges of impeachment. The President was found not-guilty of the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, on a vote of 52-48, far short of the two-thirds, 67-vote supermajority needed to convict and remove the president. The second article of impeachment, obstruction of congress, also favored acquittal on a vote of 53-48. Only one senator broke from party lines – Mitt Romney (R., UT), the former Republican Party nominee for President – who voted guilty on the first impeachment charge of abuse of power. Swing-vote Republican senators — including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee — and swing-vote Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin (D., WV), Kyrsten Sinema (D., AZ), and Doug Jones (D., AL) voted to acquit on both impeachment counts. ~

President Donald Trump, the third president ever impeached by the House of Representatives, began to receive suspicion of wrong-doing in August after a formal complaint by a whistleblower was made regarding a phone call the president had in July with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This prompted the impeachment inquiry in early September on accusations that the President suspended military aid to Ukraine in exchange for Ukraine digging up dirt on political rival Joe Biden. Upon investigation, the transcript of the call revealed that Joe Biden’s name was mentioned twice during the eighteen paragraph July phone call, yet it remained unclear whether the President aimed at targeting Biden specifically – like Democrats accuse – or whether Biden’s name was mentioned among a surfeit of corruption dating back to 2016 – like many Republicans argue. After 30 hours of testimony by 12 different witnesses, Democrats decidedly moved forward with the impeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of congress in December. ~

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