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Not Guilty: Split Senate acquits Trump of impeachment

UPDATED 3:37 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has acquitted President Donald Trump of impeachment, ending only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country and tested civic norms.

The proceedings also are feeding the tumultuous 2020 run for the White House.

A majority of senators expressed unease with Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment.

But there was nowhere near the two-thirds vote necessary in the Republican-held Senate to remove the president from office.

He was found not guilty of both articles of impeachment.

Trump is eager to use the tally as vindication, a political anthem in his reelection bid.


UPDATED 3:35 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump acquitted of all charges in Senate impeachment trial, will remain in office.


UPDATED 3:31 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Enough senators have cast 'not guilty' votes to acquit Trump on 2nd impeachment charge, obstruction of Congress.


UPDATED 3:25 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has been found not guilty of the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, by the Senate.

The vote puts him on the verge of acquittal, bringing an end to only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history.


UPDATED 3:22 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Enough senators have cast 'not guilty' votes to acquit President Trump on 1st impeachment charge, abuse of power.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is on the verge of acquittal by the Senate.

An afternoon vote will bring an end to only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history.

One key Republican, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, announced on the Senate floor that he was breaking with his party. But Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate -- and a full two-thirds would be needed for conviction.

Romney appeared to choke up as he spoke of his deep faith and "oath before God" demanding that he vote for impeachment.

Trump is eager to use acquittal as vindication, a political anthem in his reelection bid.

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