The verdict is in. The Senate has voted conclusively to acquit the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, of both articles of impeachment against him.

This followed a short trial and is a rejection of claims by the Democrats that the president abused power. The charge resulted from his dealings with Ukraine for requesting an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter for corruption. All Democrats voted in favor of impeachment on the first charge, with one Republican, Mitt Romney (R-Utah), joining them, a 52-48 tally.

For the second charge, all Democrats again voted in favor of impeaching the president, however, Romney joined his fellow Republicans in voting against conviction, making the vote 53-47 against.

Swing-vote Republican senators—including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee—voted to acquit on both counts.

The Senate fell far short of the two-thirds, 67-vote supermajority needed to convict and remove the president.

When Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts formally announced the president had been acquitted, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), presented Roberts with the Golden Gavel award in thanks for his service.

“I look forward to seeing you all again under happier circumstances,” Roberts said as he concluded his remarks before departing the chamber, reported Fox News.

“This has been a colossal political mistake.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

 

McConnell added he was “perplexed” by arguments from the Democrats that the evidence against President Trump was overwhelming and conclusive, but at the same time, more witnesses and evidence were required to strengthen their argument.

“This was a political loser for them,” McConnell said. “At least in the short-term, this has been a colossal political mistake.”

The Republican Party’s approval numbers were at their highest since 2005, and Trump’s were the highest of his presidency.

A Gallup poll released this week indicated record-high approval ratings for the president and the Republican Party.

Trump, on Twitter, reposted a mock Time magazine cover that suggested he would never leave the Oval Office.

 

 

Trump added: “I will be making a public statement tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. from the @WhiteHouse to discuss our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!”

 

 

McConnell said, ahead of the historic vote, there are “truly dangerous” partisans, unable to accept defeat.

“This partisan impeachment will end today,” McConnell said. “But, I fear the threat to our institutions may not. Normally, when a party loses an election, it accepts defeat. … But not this time.”