Donald Trump and the White House have angrily denounced Democrats, accusing them of launching a “sham” impeachment attempt, after the Senate voted to acquit the president of two charges and permitting him to concentrate his energies on re-election.
In a vote almost entirely along party lines, the upper chamber voted not to convict the president on two articles of impeachment that were passed by the House. The Senate voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of congress.
While Mr Trump remains only the third president to be impeached by the House, the vote by the Senate means he can remain in the White House and seek a second term.
“The sham impeachment attempt concocted by Democrats ended in the full vindication and exoneration of President Donald J Trump. As we have said all along, he is not guilty,” the White House said in a statement.
“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.”
It added: “In what has now become a consistent tradition for Democrats, this was yet another witch-hunt that deprived the president of his due process rights and was based on a series of lies.”