Senate could acquit president Friday

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks with reporters during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Wednesday.


The impeachment trial has ended for Friday. The trial resumes Monday at 11 a.m. EST. Refresh this page for updates.

WASHINGTON – The Senate will hold a final vote on whether to acquit or convict and remove President Donald Trump from office on Wednesday.

The final vote will occur at 4 p.m. EST, according to a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The vote would cap a months-long saga over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Democrats allege Trump pursued a pressure campaign to get Ukraine to open investigations that would benefit him politically. He was also accused of withholding aid to Ukraine and a White House meeting in exchange for the investigations.

On Dec. 18, after a two-month inquiry in the Democratic-led House, the House approved two articles of impeachment against Trump – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The Wednesday vote will be on whether to convict or acquit Trump on those charges. It’s expected Trump will be acquitted because a conviction requires 67 votes in the 100-member Senate. That would mean all Democrats and at least 20 Republican senators would need to vote for conviction. 


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