US Senate votes to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

Source : 112 Ukraine

Mr Trump was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress
23:35, 5 February 2020

Senate of the United States of America votes Trump's impeachment on February 5. 2020

The Senate of the United States of America voted Trump Is not guilty in the first article of the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Washington Post broadcasted the voting live.

Thus Mr. Trump was not removed from the presidency.

Trump was accused of withholding military aide to press Ukraine for an investigation into Joe Biden, a Democratic rival, and obstructing the congressional investigation into his conduct.

52 voted not guilty for the 1st article, 53 - for the 2nd.

He faced two articles of impeachment:

Article 1. Abuse of power
Article 2. Obstruction of Congress

Related: US President Donald Trump made 2020 State of Union Address

Firstly, he was accused of seeking help from Ukraine's government to help himself get re-elected this November. He's alleged to have held back millions of dollars of military aid to Ukraine and dangled a proposed White House meeting with Ukraine's president, both as bargaining chips.

In exchange, witnesses say he wanted Ukraine to publicly announce an investigation into Joe Biden, the man who's leading the Democratic race to challenge him in the election. Polls suggest Mr Biden would beat him if chosen as the Democratic candidate.

Secondly, after the White House refused to allow staff to testify at the first impeachment hearings last year, Democrats accused Mr Trump of obstructing Congress (the part of the US government that writes and brings in laws, and which was investigating him).

Mr Trump has denied any wrongdoing and his legal team say the "flimsy" charges are a "dangerous perversion of the Constitution".

Related: Nancy Pelosi became Internet meme after she broke Trump's speech

On the evening of February 4, (it was already morning on February 5 in Kyiv), US President Donald Trump made 2020 State of Union Address to the citizens of the United States.

“Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results. Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is surging, and our country is thriving and highly respected again! America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the rise, and America’s future is blazing bright,” – Trump stated in a speech.

Some Democrats said they would skip Trump’s State of the Union, citing his ongoing impeachment.

Trump’s speech was followed by a Democratic response from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose priorities while running for governor in 2018 included infrastructure and health care reform.

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