Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to acquit President Donald Trump on both impeachment charges brought against him by the U.S. House of Representatives.
One day after President Trump delivered an upbeat State of the Union address that did not even mention the impeachment trial, the Republican-held Senate failed to get anything close to the 67 votes required to pass either of the two Articles of Impeachment, USA Today reported.
Senators voted late on the afternoon of Feb. 5 to acquit President Trump by a vote of 52 to 48 on the first Article of Impeachment, which accused the President of abuse of power.
They voted 53 to 47 “not guilty” on the second Article of Impeachment, which accused the President of obstruction of Congress.
There were few surprises when senators gave speeches before the vote.
Former Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Mitch Romney (R-Utah) delivered a lengthy diatribe that sought to justify his decision to vote to convict President Trump.
However, Romney is widely considered to be a “RINO,” Republican in Name Only, and his decision to go against the party was not unexpected.
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), who many had speculated might break ranks with the Democratic Party, announced ahead of the vote that she was planning to vote to convict the President, KTAR reported.
Neither vote would have made a difference, however, as an impeachment conviction requires a two-thirds vote, or the support of at least 67 senators.
Supporters of President Trump celebrated online and at events across the country.
Many have predicted that information brought forward during the impeachment investigation and other investigations surrounding the Trump administration will result in a number of new charges, this time against Democrats.
President Trump’s acquittal was a foregone conclusion after the Senate voted late Friday afternoon to kill a motion by Senate Democrats that would have allowed additional witnesses and documents to be admitted into the impeachment trial.
After the vote, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided over the impeachment trial, formally declared that President Trump was “therefore ordered and adjudged… acquitted of the charges in said articles.”