Donald Trump remains as president of the United States, the Democrats did not get the required two-thirds of the votes in the upper house of Congress
The impeachment of US President Donald Trump – the fourth in the history of the country – ended on Wednesday. As predicted by the vast majority of analysts, as a result of the Senate vote, President Trump was acquitted on both counts of impeachment – Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. In this way, all charges so carefully prepared by his Democratic opponents are dropped from the president.
Voting began, as planned, at 4 pm and lasted about half an hour. It should be noted that the vote was in-person: each senator, at the request of the Senate clerk, publicly announced his verdict, first on the first article, then on the second. As a result, 48 senators rendered the verdict “guilty” and 52 rendered the verdict the verdict is “innocent.” Under the second article, 47 senators issued a verdict of “guilty”, and 53 – rendered a verdict of “innocent.”
The hesitant legislator who changed his mind during a Senate vote was Mitt Romney, a fellow party member and former rival of Donald Trump in the presidential election. He sided with the Democrats and declared Donald Trump “guilty” under the first article of impeachment – “Abuse of power”, but returned to the republican camp, voting on the second article.
For a guilty verdict and the subsequent removal of Trump from office, the Democrats needed to get two-thirds of the vote, that is, 67 out of 100. As a result, the Republican advantage turned out to be small, but sufficient for their victory.
Speaking in the Senate on Wednesday before the vote, Democrat Dick Durbin said the following: “The [Republican] majority supported the president’s argument that inviting foreign government intervention should not be impeached if it serves the president’s personal political interests
We also found, for the first time in the history of this country, that the impeachment proceedings in the Senate may be conducted without the participation of direct witnesses or evidence provided by one or another party in the case. And then the president, who is facing impeachment, can ignore subpoenas requesting documents or allowing congressional testimony.
Alexander Hamilton (one of the founding fathers of the United States, the country’s first finance minister – ed.) Described the Senate as the best venue for impeachment hearings, as it is independent and worthy. When in the Senate with 51 votes to 49 they vote against calling witnesses and providing certificates, this casts doubt on the independence and dignity of this 51 people, ”said Durbin.