Donald Trump wins impeachment trial and remains in office

Mr Trump's acquittal came after five months of scandal over Ukraine that embroiled Washington and threatened his presidency

Thursday, February 6, 2020

An emboldened Donald Trump is now focused on his re-election fight with a united Republican Party behind him after he was acquitted of impeachment.

It comes after five months of scandal over Ukraine that embroiled Washington and threatened his presidency.

Senators voted by 52 to 48 to reject the claim he abused his power and by 53 to 47 to defeat the claim he obstructed Congress, which means he will remain in the White House.

Senators decided his conduct in asking Ukraine to investigate a White House rival was not impeachable - and with an election in ten months they said it is up to voters to determine his fate.

The US President tweeted after the vote that he would mark his acquittal with a statement on Thursday to "discuss our Country's VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!"

He also posted an animated video using a Time magazine cover to suggest he would remain in office "4EVA".

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a senior White House aide, tweeted: "This factional fever and incoherent, ill-conceived process has finally ended and the President has rightfully been acquitted. It is time for our Country to move forward. Together."

Speaking to talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer, Politics Professor Scott Lucas said: "Donald Trump's approval ratings for two years have been between 41 and 43 per cent.

"There are folks that are entrenched with Trump even if he shot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue in New York.

"But there is also, if you want to call it a base on the other side that entrenched that will never support Trump and therefore will never vote for him in November's election.

"It's that middle ground of Americans who are not in one or the other of two camps.

"The life raft of Trump is the American economy. If Americans feel the economy is taking over even if it's slowing, then I think he has a good shot in America.”

"The life raft of Trump is the American economy. If Americans feel the economy is taking over even if it's slowing, then I think he has a good shot in America," Professor Lucas added.

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