The decision to acquit him was expected, since the Senate is majority Republican, and it was hard to imagine Republican senators breaking ranks.
On Wednesday afternoon, the US Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress of which he was accused in his impeachment trial, which centered on a supposed campaign to pressure Ukraine to obtain political favors.
With 48 votes in favor and 52 against, the Senate has found that the former business tycoon and current President of the US is not guilty of abusing his power. Soon afterward and in a quick vote, the President had the support of 53 senators versus the other 47, who voted to convict him, so he has now been acquitted of the charge of obstruction of Congress.
As a result, Trump will remain in office and will be able to finish his term. The decision to acquit him was expected, since the Senate is majority Republican, and it was hard to imagine Republican senators breaking ranks.
The only Republican who didn’t vote as expected was Senator Mitt Romney, who voted to convict Trump on the charge of abuse of power, saying that he was "guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust." He has now become the first senator in history to vote in favor of convicting a president from his own party.