*As expected, on Wednesday (02-05-20), the Senate, mostly along party lines, acquitted President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment brought by the House.
The Democratic-controlled House’s charges were that he should be removed from office for abusing his power and obstructing the congressional investigation into his conduct.
Specifically, the vote was the end of a four-month effort by the Nancy Pelosi led House Democrats to investigate and impeach Trump for allegedly withholding U.S. military aid from Ukraine to pressure its leaders to investigate his Democratic rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden. The impeachment articles also charged Trump with obstructing the House’s investigation into the matter.
The first article, abuse of power, failed 48-52 — well short of the 67-vote super-majority required to remove Trump from office. Surprisingly, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was the lone Republican to vote in favor of the abuse of power charge. The second article, obstruction of Congress, failed 47-53 — a party-line vote.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided over just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, announced the result on each article of impeachment Wednesday afternoon, bringing the three-week trial to a close.
“The Senate, having tried Donald Trump, president of the United States, upon two articles of impeachment exhibited against him by the House of Representatives, and two-thirds of the senators present not having found him guilty of the charges contained therein: it is, therefore, ordered and adjudged that the said Donald John Trump be, and he is hereby, acquitted of the charges in said articles,” Roberts said.
As far as Senator Mitt Romney’s surprising vote for impeachment (based on the first article), it made him the only member of the GOP to break with the president and his party on the crucial question of whether Trump deserved to be removed from office.
“The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a ‘high crime and misdemeanor,’ Romney said in a dramatic floor speech, in which Romney choked up while discussing how he is guided by his faith.
“Yes, he did,” Romney said.
Welp, you can best believe Romney’s actio9n pissed off a lot of Republicans, including Donald Trump Jr. who immediately went at Romney on Twitter:
“He’s now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from” the party. His niece, GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, said: “This is not the first time I have disagreed with Mitt, and I imagine it will not be the last.”
And there was this from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a diehard defender of the president:
“Wrong, wrong, wrong move.”
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