Update (04:30 p.m. ET): President Trump has been acquitted by the Senate on both articles of impeachment, ensuring that he will not be removed from office after he was impeached by House Democrats.
Trump was acquitted on the charge of abuse of power by a vote of 52-48. On the second article of impeachment, Trump was acquitted by a margin of 53-47.
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*SENATE HAS VOTES TO ACQUIT TRUMP ON OBSTRUCTION; VOTE ONGOING
*TRUMP ACQUITTED ON ABUSE-OF-POWER CHARGE, 48: ‘Guilty’, 52: ‘NOT GUILTY’
*SENATE HAS VOTES TO ACQUIT TRUMP ON ABUSE-OF-POWER CHARGE
Earlier Wednesday, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) broke ranks with his party and said he would vote to convict President Trump on one impeachment charge of abuse of power, calling Trump’s conduct with Ukraine an “appalling abuse of public trust.”
Romney’s decision reportedly surprised colleagues, many of whom expected him to vote to acquit after two other fence-sitting Republicans (Collins and Murkowski) announced they would oppose the articles of impeachment.