President Donald Trump was acquitted on his abuse of power charge. On the first article of impeachment, Trump was charged with abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, in what House Democrats said political quid pro quo for personal political gain. He withheld U.S. security aid as leverage over the ally eventually released. The Senate also voted to acquit Trump on the other article of impeachment against him.
Following the acquittal, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), thanked the chamber’s pages as well as the presiding judge, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Trump announced in a tweet that he would issue a statement on “our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax” at noon Thursday from the White House.
In an earlier tweet, he also celebrated his acquittal by with a video clip of a mocked-up Time magazine cover suggesting he would be president “4EVA.” For 2020, at least, re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale hailed the acquittal as a greenlight to move forward.
“President Trump has been totally vindicated and it’s now time to get back to the business of the American people,” wrote Parscale. “The do-nothing Democrats know they can’t beat him, so they had to impeach him.
“Since the President’s campaign only got bigger and stronger as a result of this nonsense, this impeachment hoax will go down as the worst miscalculation in American political history.”