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Trump remains in office after Senate votes to acquit impeached president on obstruction of Congress charge

The Senate on Feb. 5 voted to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment. (Video: U.S. Senate)
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The Senate voted Wednesday to acquit President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, ending a historic Senate trial that was centered on his conduct toward Ukraine but that did not include live witnesses or new documents.

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One Republican — Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah — crossed party lines to join Democrats in voting to convict Trump on the first charge, abuse of power.

Trump stonewalled the House impeachment probe, blocking witnesses and denying documents. He stands as the third president to be impeached.

The acquittal follows a State of the Union address Tuesday night in which Trump pointed to the strong economy as vindication as he sought to move on from impeachment. The speech ended with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tearing up a copy of Trump’s prepared remarks.

The crux of the case against Trump is the allegation that he withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son. Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, while his father was vice president.

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●Democrats use State of the Union rebuttal to pivot from impeachment.

●A look at the reality-show reveals in Trump’s speech.

●These Republicans said they hope Trump has learned a lesson from impeachment, but he said he hasn’t.

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