President Donald Trump will remain in office, Senators vote not to convict

President Donald Trump enters the House floor where he will give his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (KELO) — President Donald Trump will remain in office. The United States Senate didn’t reach the two-thirds threshold on either article of impeachment.

Article One: Abuse of Power (48-52)
Article Two: Obstruction of Congress (47-51)

Democrats voted along party lines.

In this image from video, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks on the Senate floor about the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

The lone Republican Senator to vote to convict was Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). He voted guilty on the first article of impeachment, but not the second.

South Dakota’s Sen. John Thune (R-SD), a member of Republican leadership voted against both articles of impeachment, as did Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD).

  • In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, center, flanked by Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., left, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Read More »
  • Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Read More »

“Our Founding Fathers set an extraordinarily high bar for impeachment, and rightfully so. They believed it was an extreme remedy that should only be used in extreme circumstances – circumstances so grave that they would warrant nullifying a national election and removing a duly elected president of the United States from office. Impeachment is, and should remain, a rarely used constitutional tool. In fact, this was only the third time in our nation’s history that a presidential impeachment trial reached the Senate floor.I had a front-row seat to this trial and listened carefully to the House managers’ case. I entered the trial with an open mind, knowing the president’s team would be afforded the fairness and impartiality that were lacking in the House’s highly partisan and one-sided process. It was my job to hear the case, review the facts as they were presented to us, and answer whether or not this reached the Founders’ high threshold for removing a president from office. After listening to nearly 70 hours’ worth of testimony, questions, and answers, I determined that this case did not meet that high threshold.
Furthermore, there is another national election just months away, and there is a strong case to be made that the American people – not Washington politicians – should choose whether the president remains in office. I believe a majority of South Dakotans agree.
This has been a highly disruptive process for the American people, and I’m as eager as they are to get back to the agenda they elected us to pursue.”

-Sen. John Thune (R-SD)

Today, the Senate trial comes to an end. We have overwhelmingly rejected the articles of impeachment and can get back to doing the work Americans sent us here to do. And we have lots of work to do!

— Senator Mike Rounds (@SenatorRounds) February 5, 2020

President Donald Trump tweeted a video without context after the vote.

This is a developing story.

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