Trump acquitted by Senate

With one exception, senators voted along party lines in Donald Trump's acquittal of impeachment charges.
The vote brings close the latest chapter in what has become and increasingly polarized body politic.


National News

February 6, 2020 - 9:17 AM

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, right, departs the Senate chamber along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), center, and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) after the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump concluded on Wednesday. The Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House.

With Chief Justice John Roberts presiding, senators sworn to do “impartial justice” stood and stated their votes for the roll call — “guilty” or “not guilty” — in a swift tally almost exclusively along party lines. Trump, the chief justice then declared, shall “be, and is hereby, acquitted of the charges.”

The outcome Wednesday followed months of remarkable impeachment proceedings, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House to Mitch McConnell’s Senate, reflecting the nation’s unrelenting partisan divide three years into the Trump presidency.

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