BREAKING: U.S. Senate acquits President Trump Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021

The United States Senate acquitted President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his dealings with Ukraine.

The acquittal on both articles of impeachment – Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – came after weeks of bitter partisan clashes that he had tried to rig the 2020 election by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

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All Republican senators voted to acquit Trump except Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who was the only one to cross the party line by voting to convict Trump for abuse of power.

Republicans hold a 53-47 majority and Democrats needed at least 67 senators to convict Trump and remove him from office.

President Trump became only the third President in the United States to face a Senate impeachment trial.

Former Presidents Andrew Johnson faced his in 1868 while Bill Clinton went through a Senate trial in 1999. Both were acquitted as well.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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