Moments ago, President Trump was acquitted of the first article of impeachment against him along a party line vote.
The only Senator to vote against party, was Utah Republican Mitt Romney.
The final vote was 52 Not Guilty to 48 Guilty.
67 Votes were needed in order to convict.
Trump acquitted on charge of Abuse of Power in impeachment trial:
GUILTY: 48 (47 Democrats and 1 Republican – Romney)
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 5, 2020
Waiting for the gavel to officially fall, but President Trump has been acquitted on impeachment article 1, abuse of power.
The vote was 48 votes for GUILTY (47 Senators who caucus with Democrats plus Romney), 52 NOT GUILTY (52 GOPers).
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 5, 2020
Prior to the final vote, Senators made their final arguments.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proclaimed “This is a sham. This a farce. This is disgusting. This is an injustice to President Trump as a person. It’s a threat to the office. It will end soon. It’s going to be an overwhelming rejection of both articles.”
An emotional Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said “I have confidence that Americans of a different generation, our generation will bring to our work a mighty heart to fight for what’s right, to fight for the truth and never never lose faith.”
Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the sole Republican voting with Democrats told Fox News that he “had to follow my conscience” in deciding to vote to convict President Trump on abuse of power, a decision that’s likely to ignite serious blowback from Trump and others in the Republican Party.
“I believe that the act he took, an effort to corrupt an election is as destructive an attack on the oath of office and our Constitution as I can imagine,” Romney said. “It is a high crime and misdemeanor within the meaning of the Constitution, and that is not a decision I take lightly. It is the last decision I want to take.”
Sen. Mitt Romney says he knows he will receive brutal criticism for his vote: "Does anyone seriously believe that I would consent to these consequences, other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?" https://t.co/pZ46hjTyU1 pic.twitter.com/BnW9SfCXaM
— ABC News (@ABC) February 5, 2020
Lead Impeachment manager Adam Schiff praised Romney’s announcement and said it “showed a lot of moral courage.”
Most Democrat Senators who were publicly undecided decided to vote along with their party to convict Trump.
Doug Jones of Alabama may put his reelection hopes this November in jeopardy by voting to convict Trump.
There will be so many who will simply look at what I’m doing today and say it is a profile in courage,” Jones said of the Senate floor “It is not. It is simply a matter of right and wrong. Where doing right is not a courageous act. It is simply following your oath.”
Senators are elected to make tough choices. We must study the facts & exercise independent judgment in keeping with our oaths.
I've studied the record for months. Unfortunately I believe the President abused his power for his own benefit.
My statement: https://t.co/uJkC497Vso
— Doug Jones (@SenDougJones) February 5, 2020
Republicans believe Jones’ vote will lead to his inevitable downfall.
Senator Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) considered as a possible vote against her party also chose to vote to convict President Trump, issuing a statement
Today, I vote to approve both articles, as my highest duty, and my greatest love, is to our nation’s Constitution..The facts are clear; security aid was withheld from Ukraine in an attempt to benefit the president’s political campaign. While White House attorneys claim this behavior is not serious, it is dangerous to the fundamental principles of American democracy to use the power of the federal government for personal or political gain. Worse, they failed to assure the American people that this behavior will not continue and that future national security decisions will be made free from personal interests.
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) February 5, 2020
Senator Joe Manchin, considered a possible swing vote, also decided to vote to convict Trump “reluctantly.”
Voting whether or not to remove a sitting President has been a truly difficult decision, and after listening to the arguments presented by both sides, I have reached my conclusion reluctantly. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/yIgy6Qf5JZ
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) February 5, 2020
Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that were considered as possibilities to vote to convict Trump, both opted to vote to acquit Trump, thought they reprimanded the President for his behavior in their statements.