President Donald Trump was acquitted today by the U.S. Senate in the impeachment trial against him.
The Senate voted mostly along party lines in passing the 53-47 vote to acquit Trump of a charge of obstructing Congress and 52-48 on a charge of abusing his power. Republican Senator Mitt Romney broke ranks with his party and voted in favor of convicting Trump on the abuse of power charge.
The charges were in relation to Trump withholding military aide to Ukraine, allegedly in order to force the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination for president, and Biden’s son for business dealings with Ukraine.
Trump is only the third U.S. president to be impeached. Former presidents Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson were also impeached, and, like Trump, were also acquitted of the charges brought against them.
Trump tweeted following Wednesday’s verdict that he will make a statement a statement from the White House at noon on Thursday.