The US Senate acquitted President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Wednesday following a historic two-week trial.

The Republican-majority Senate voted 52-48 to acquit Trump of abuse of power and 53-47 to acquit him of obstruction of Congress. Fifty-two Republicans voted to acquit Trump of abuse of power while all 47 Democrats voted to convict and remove him from office.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives impeached Trump on December 18 for withholding military aid
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives impeached Trump on December 18 for withholding military aid to Ukraine to pressure Kiev to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

The White House said that Trump had got “full vindication and exoneration” in his impeachment trial.

After the Senate acquittal “the President is pleased to put this latest chapter of shameful behavior by the Democrats in the past,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.

However, she also accused the opposition Democrats of trying to influence the upcoming presidential election and asked: “Will there be no retribution?” — AFP

Source: Saudi Gazette

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