President Donald Trump has been cleared of both charges in his impeachment trial, ending a Congressional bid to oust him from office that bitterly divided the US.
The Senate, run by the President’s fellow Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on the charge of abuse of power and 53-47 on the obstruction of Congress charge.
Sen. Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, found the President guilty of abuse of power, becoming the first senator in US history to vote to remove from office a president from the same party. In a tweet Trump was vitriolic against the Senator:
Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election. Read the Transcripts!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020
Trump will be the first-ever impeached president to stand for election, which will happen in November of this year.
His re-election campaign said in a statement: “President Trump has been totally vindicated and it’s now time to get back to the business of the American people.
“The do-nothing Democrats know they can’t beat him, so they had to impeach him,” the statement read. It went on to say that “this terrible ordeal” and “nonsense” was merely a Democratic campaign tactic.
The statement added “This impeachment hoax will go down as the worst miscalculation in American political history.”
Former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted that after the Senate verdict the United States is entering “dangerous territory for our democracy.”
As the president's impeachment trial began, Republican senators pledged an oath to defend the Constitution.
Today, 52 of them voted to betray that oath—and all of us.
We’re entering dangerous territory for our democracy. It’ll take all of us working together to restore it.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 5, 2020