The United States Senate has cleared Donald Trump of both charges in its impeachment trial of the president,bringing to an end to the saga.
In a 52-48 vote, the Senate found Trump not guilty of abusing his power of office. The Senate voted 53-47 to acquit the president on the charge of obstruction of Congress.
Democrats had accused Trump of abusing his power by orchestrating a pressure campaign to get Ukraine to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. They also accused him of obstructing Congress for refusing to participate in the impeachment inquiry. Trump denied any wrongdoing, repeatedly calling the impeachment a "hoax".
Trump repeated that assertion again shortly after the trial, tweeting he will discuss "our country's VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!" in a public statement from the White House on Thursday afternoon.
"The sham impeachment attempt concocted by Democrats ended in the FULL vindication and exoneration of President @realDonaldTrump," tweeted White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham.
Trump’s impeachment and trial will leave a permanent stain on his record, as it did for the only two presidents to have encountered the same fate, Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.
But the Senate verdict was never truly in question since the House of Representatives formally impeached Trump in December, and it has now cleared out a major hurdle for the president to fully plunge into his campaign for re-election in November.