Trump survives impeachment: US president cleared of both charges

Donald Trump has been acquitted by the Senate of obstructing Congress and abusing the power of his office as president.

The vote brings to an end only the third presidential impeachment trial in US history and comes as the president is in the early days of his re-election campaign.

The Senate voted 52-48 to acquit Mr Trump of abusing his powers and 53-47 of obstructing Congress, meaning the 73-year-old remains in office.

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The abuse of power charge stemmed from his request that Ukraine investigate political rival Joe Biden, one of the front runners for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

The obstruction charge regards an accusation that Mr Trump blocked witnesses and documents sought by the House of Representatives.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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