US President Donald Trump has finally been acquitted of all charges by the Senate in the impeachment trial, on Wednesday. After the ending of the historic and bitter fight, the President can now concentrate on running for re-election. The impeachment saga had consumed Washington since the House of Representatives launched its inquiry into Trump’s actions last September.
Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry against Trump following an anonymous whistleblower complaint accusing him of seeking election help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 2019 phone call. Trump faced impeachment for seeking Ukraine’s help to investigate his rival Joe BidenTrump.
The Senate voted 53-47 to acquit the president on the charge of obstruction of Congress. Sen. It was the third senate impeachment trial of a sitting president in the US history that concluded on Wednesday.
Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, was the only Republican to vote against the President. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two other moderate Republicans, decided not to join Mr Romney in voting to convict the President. Some other Republican senators criticized the President’s behaviour in recent days but did not support his impeachment. A two-thirds majority vote was needed to remove Mr Trump, which was always challenging in a 100-seat chamber captured by his party.
“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.”
“This impeachment hoax will go down as the worst miscalculation in American political history,” the statement added.
America’s 45th president would have to turn over his office to Vice-President Mike Pence if convicted. Trump, seeking a second four-year term on the 3 November, has always claimed that he had done nothing wrong. In November, Trump will become the first impeached president to seek re-election.
Earlier, two other former US Presidents, Bill Clinton in 1999 and Andrew Johnson in 1868, was impeached by the Senate and did not seek re-election. President Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.