Trump acquitted on impeachment charges

President Donald Trump has been acquitted by the Senate on both impeachment charges.

 

This afternoon’s vote has brought to an end a four month push by Democrats to investigate and impeach the president.



 

The first article of impeachment, abuse of power, failed 48-52. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was the lone Republican to vote in favor of the abuse of power charge. The second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, failed 47-53 — right along party lines. All Democratic senators voted to convict Trump on both counts.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) voted today to acquit President Trump. Cassidy released the following statement after the trial concluded:

 

“I voted to acquit. Congress must now work together to solve the issues concerning Americans, like lowering the cost of medication and ending surprise medical billing,” said Dr. Cassidy.



Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) released the following statement after the Senate rejected both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

 

“The vote today was nothing more than a proxy vote on President Trump. It was a partisan impeachment in both houses. Our founders did not intend impeachment to be used this way. I believe Speaker Pelosi’s attempt to normalize impeachment and to turn it into a routine political weapon was a mistake. In fact, it was reckless. A country as great as ours deserves better, and so do her people.”