WASHINGTON – The United States Senate acquitted President Donald Trump of both impeachment allegations during a vote Wednesday afternoon.
On the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, 52 Senators voted not guilty while 48 Senators voted guilty.
GOP Senator Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict the President. He’s the first senator in US history to vote to convict a president from the same party in an impeachment trial.
While Romney’s colleagues have said the Utah senator’s vote was a personal choice and one they generally respect, behind the scenes there is significant frustration with his decision to vote to convict President Trump.
Romney did not tell any colleagues about his decision in advance of the speech this afternoon.
On the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, 53 Senators voted not guilty while 47 Senators voted guilty. Romney voted not-guilty in the second vote.
Senate Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the lawmaking chamber.
The impeachment inquiry against Trump was initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in September 2019.
This is a developing story and will be updated.