July 10, 2020 | 12:41 AM IST
impeachment

US Senate gives a thumbs up to Prez Trump; acquits him of all charges

The United States President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, was acquitted by the US Senate of two impeachment counts threatening his three-year-old presidency. His acquittal left his opponents – the Democrats – dejected after an intense 78-day House investigation.
The Democrats charged the President with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, but Trump drew unswerving support from the Republicans and defeated the Democrats. The Republicans voted to clear Trump of both charges by 52-48 on the first charge and 53-47 on the second.

The Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided over the trial, said, “Two-thirds of the senators present not having pronounced him (Trump) guilty, the Senate adjudges that respondent Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is not guilty as charged.”
Trump was also charged with illicitly seeking the help of Ukraine to bolster his 2020-re-election effort.  However, Trump repeatedly dismissed the probe as ‘hoax’ and a ‘witch hunt’ and argued that as a President he had the right to Pressurize Ukraine while refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas for testimony and documents.
The White House too announced that President Trump got ‘full vindication and exoneration’ in his impeachment trial.

White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said that ‘c’, but accused the democrats of trying to influence the upcoming presidential election.

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