By Glam & Essence
The President of the United States of America,Donald Trump has escaped being impeached by the Senate on Wednesday,as he was acquitted on both articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The vote on the first article, abuse of power, was 52-48, with GOP Sen. Mitt Romney joining Democrats in their “guilty” votes. The vote on the second article, obstruction of justice, was along party lines, 53-47.
The Democrats charged Trump in December with pressuring Ukraine to smear a potential White House rival.
In November, Mr Trump will be the first impeached president of the USA to go for election.
The Senate decided not to impeach Trump from office on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, arising from his dealings with Ukraine.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives approved the charges on 18 December.
Following his acquittal,the Trump campaign said in a statement that, “President Trump has been totally vindicated and it’s now time to get back to the business of the American people.
Mitt Romney of Utah was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Mr Trump, on the first charge of abuse of power.
Two other moderate Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who the Democrats had hoped will pass the guilty verdict on Trump did not join Mr Romney in voting to convict the president.
Three centrist Democratic senators who Republicans had hoped would side with them instead voted to convict Mr Trump.
They were Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Doug Jones of Alabama.
A two-thirds majority vote was needed to remove Mr Trump, which was always going to be a long shot in a chamber controlled by his fellow Republicans.
If Trump had been convicted,he would have had to turn over his office to Vice-President Mike Pence.