The Senate on Wednesday acquitted President Donald Trump almost entirely along party lines on charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, bringing an end to the third presidential impeachment trial in United States history.
On the first of two articles of impeachment, Mitt Romney of Utah was the lone Republican to vote to convict Trump, along with all Democrats and independents. On the second article, obstruction of Congress, the president was acquitted in a pure party-line vote with all Republicans voting not guilty and all Democrats and independents voting guilty. The final tallies were 52 to 48 to acquit on article one, and 53 to 47 to acquit on article two.
“It is therefore ordered and adjudged that Donald John Trump be and is hereby acquitted of the charges in said articles,” Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided over the trial, declared after the votes.
A super majority of 67 votes on each article was needed to convict.
The president responded to the verdict on Twitter with a parody video showing him being re-elected in perpetuity, ending with the message, “Trump 4EVA.”
He later tweeted that he’d make a statement on “our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax” on Thursday at noon ET.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that the verdict was a “full vindication and exoneration” of the president.
“The Senate voted to reject the baseless articles of impeachment, and only the President’s political opponents – all Democrats, and one failed Republican presidential candidate – voted for the manufactured impeachment articles,” she said.
Romney’s vote marked the first time in American history that a senator voted to convict a president of his own party in an impeachment trial, and his decision disappointed the White House, where officials had hoped for unity to be able to criticize the impeachment case as purely partisan.