President Donald Trump remains in office after the Senate voted to acquit him on two charges and end the impeachment trial Wednesday, Feb. 5.
The results for the first charge, or article 1, of Trump’s abuse of the presidency by soliciting the interference of a foreign power (Ukraine) to benefit himself in the 2020 election, were 52 votes to 48.
The results on article 2, obstruction of Congress, were 53-47.
The votes were cast in alphabetical order, with republican senators almost fully consistent in voting “not guilty.” Mitt Romney of Utah was the singular exception and voted "guilty,” becoming the first senator in history to vote against his own party in an impeachment trial.
“Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine,” Romney said in his speech. He also called Trump’s actions "an appalling abuse of public trust."
For the past few days, Senators have been giving speeches to the public to explain why they will vote to convict or acquit the president.
In her speech given as to why she will vote to convict the president, Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaiʻi said, “By refusing to hold this president accountable, my Republican colleagues are reinforcing the President’s misguided belief that he can do whatever he wants under Article II of the United States Constitution.”
She continued by saying that, “Donald Trump was already a danger to this country,” citing his policy decisions on healthcare, Social Security and immigration, but that, “Today, we’re called to confront a completely different type of danger – one that goes well beyond the significant policy differences I have with this president.”
Hirono then invited listeners to think about the answers to the following questions:
“Which country will he bully or invite to interfere in our elections next? Which pot of taxpayer money will he use as a bribe to further his political schemes?”
Along with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, Trump will be the third president to have been impeached. Additionally, he will be the first impeached president to seek reelection.