Not Guilty: US Senate Clears Trump of Impeachment Charges
The United States Senate has voted to clear President Donald Trump of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The vote brought an end to the third impeachment trial in the nation's history. It followed months of impeachment processes that demonstrated the nation's sharp political divide three years into the Trump presidency.
The U.S. House of Representatives, which has a Democratic majority, impeached Trump in December. The impeachment trial in the Republican-led Senate began in January.
The U.S. Constitution requires two-thirds, or 67, "guilty" votes in the Senate to remove a president from office for "high crimes and misdemeanors."
Democrats who brought the impeachment charges fell short of that Wednesday. All but one Republican senator said that Trump, a member of the Republican Party, was "not guilty" of the two charges he faced. All Democrats in the Senate voted "guilty."
Senator Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012, announced Wednesday that he would vote to convict Trump of the first charge -- abuse of power.
Romney said, "The president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival. The president withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so. The president delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders. The president's purpose was personal and political. Accordingly, the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of the public trust."
The first article of impeachment charged Trump with abusing his power by asking Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy to launch an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son. At the same time, Trump temporarily withheld over $390 million in military aid to Ukraine.
The second impeachment article accused Trump of obstructing -- or blocking -- congressional investigations into his Ukraine-related actions. It said he did so by directing people close to him not to answer questions or provide documents to impeachment investigators.
The final vote numbers Wednesday were 52 to 48 on abuse of power and 53 to 47 on obstruction of Congress.
The vote Wednesday brought an end to the fastest, most divided impeachment trial in U.S. history. It included no witnesses and lasted three weeks.
The U.S. Senate has never removed a president from office. The impeachment trials of Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999 also both ended in acquittal.
Trump, however, is the first president to be impeached while facing re-election.
The president's press secretary released a statement following the Senate's decision. It read in part, "As we have said all along, he is not guilty. The Senate voted to reject the baseless articles of impeachment, and only the President's political opponents – all Democrats, and one failed Republican presidential candidate – voted for the manufactured impeachment articles."
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此番投票为美国史上第三次弹劾审判划上句点 。此前持续数月的弹劾程序表明，特朗普当选总统3年以来，美国政治出现了严重的分歧 。
去年12月，民主党占多数席位的众议院对特朗普发起弹劾 。今年1月，共和党领导的参议院开始进行弹劾审判 。
发起弹劾指控的民主党人在周三未能做到这一点的 。除一名共和党参议员外，所有共和党参议员都支持特朗普在其面临的两项指控方面无罪，特朗普是共和党人 。所有民主党参议员都投票支持特朗普有罪 。
罗姆尼表示：“总统要求外国政府调查政治对手 。总统冻结了向该国政府提供的重要军事援助，逼迫其就范 。总统推迟了对与俄罗斯交战的美国盟友的援助 。总统是出于个人和政治目的 。因此总统犯有严重滥用公众信任的罪名 。”
第一条弹劾条款指控特朗普滥用职权，要求乌克兰总统弗拉基米尔·泽伦斯基对民主党候选人乔·拜登和他的儿子展开调查 。同时，特朗普暂停了对乌克兰的逾3.9亿美元的援助 。
第二条弹劾条款指控特朗普妨碍国会对其与乌克兰有关行为进行的调查 。弹劾条款称特朗普通过授意知情者不要回答弹劾调查人员的问题或提供文件，从而构成妨碍国会 。
周三的投票结束了美国史上最快、最分裂的弹劾审判 。这次审判没有证人，持续了三周 。
美国参议院从未罢免过总统 。1868年安德鲁·约翰逊和1999年比尔·克林顿的弹劾审判都以无罪告终 。
总统新闻秘书在参议院做出判决后发表了一份声明 。其中部分内容为：“正如我们一直所说，特朗普总统是无辜的 。参议院投票否决了毫无根据的弹劾条款，只有特朗普总统的政治对手——所有民主党，以及一位败选的共和党总统候选人投票支持弹劾条款 。”