Mitt Romney, first senator in history to vote in favor of condemning a president of his same party
The United States Senate on Wednesday afternoon acquitted the president, Donald Trump, of the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress filed against him in the context of an impeachment process focused on the alleged pressure campaign to Ukraine to obtain political favors.
With 48 votes in favor and 52 against, the country's upper house has ruled that the New York tycoon has not committed a crime of abuse of power, as local television network CNN has broadcast.
Shortly after and in a quick vote, the leader has taken the support of 53 senators in front of another 47 who have voted to condemn him, so he has been exonerated in turn of the charge of obstruction to Congress.
Thus, Trump will be able to finish his term, as planned, given that Republicans have a majority in the Senate and everything pointed to the fact that few would break party discipline. In order for the accusations to proceed, at least 67 votes were needed in favor.
The only one who has unmarked himself from the Republican vote and supported the motion to condemn Trump for abuse of power is Mitt Romney, who has become the first senator in US history to vote in favor of condemning a president of Your same training.
Romney, who was a candidate of the Republican Party to the White House in 2012, had confirmed hours before he would vote against the president, whom he considers “guilty of an overwhelming abuse of public confidence” by the Ukrainian plot. His decision, which has surprised many Democrats, took the White House “off guard”, as claimed by two senior officials of the Administration.
In this regard, he has accused Trump of blocking military aid to Ukraine for “personal” and “political” purposes, in line with the thesis of the Democratic Party. “What he did,” he added, “was a blatant assault on our electoral rights, national security and core values.”
Initially there had been speculation that other moderate Republican senators such as Susan Collins or Lisa Murkowski would break the party discipline, but both have ruled out a last-minute change.
Just before the start of the vote, Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer urged senators to condemn Trump and stay “on the side of truth.” “You cannot be part of this president and part of the truth,” he said.
He also called the leader a “threat” and said he must be expelled from the White House and disabled so that he cannot go back to other presidential elections. Given the clear possibility of losing the vote, Schumer has asked the Democrats “not to lose hope.” “The truth will prevail,” he said.
On the other hand, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has announced the delivery of a gold mallet to the president of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Roberts, as a sign of gratitude for presiding over the political trial.
“We know very well that his presence has taken place while still having work out of here. So the Senate thanks him, as well as his team, which has allowed him to play a unique role,” McConnell said.
PROTESTS AGAINST THE CAPITOL
Dozens of people have gathered in front of the Capitol during the vote. According to security sources, several people have been arrested while protesting the result.
Many of the protesters, who have carried banners with phrases and words like 'undercover', have urged senators to “honor their oaths” and have accused Trump of being “guilty” of the charges against him.
The impeachment process against Trump began with an investigation and vote in the House of Representatives, where Trump was officially rejected in December, thus becoming the third US president to be censored.
The process was initiated following a complaint filed by an Intelligence officer who considered that Trump's call to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodomir Zelenski, on July 25 was an attempt to pressure him to force him to open an investigation into the Biden, paralyzing until then the delivery of more than 300 million dollars of military aid to Kiev and postponing the invitation for a meeting at the White House.
Trump maintains that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” and that his call was “perfect” despite the contradictions that have been observed in the Government since the complaint of the anonymous official for the alleged campaign of pressure on Ukraine.