The Senate Acquits Him Of Charges Of Abuse Of Power And Obstruction

The US Senate on Wednesday acquitted Donald Trump of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote gives an impetus to the impeachment against the president, accused of pressuring Ukraine and freezing an economic aid of 390 million dollars to force the government to announce a corruption investigation against its political rival Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate, and his son Hunter. The president has survived both votes. In the first, 52 of the 100 senators have considered that he is not guilty of a crime of abuse of power. As for the obstruction of Congress, 53 have voted to acquit Trump, while 47 have opted for conviction. Only Republican Senator Mitt Romney has broken party discipline and voted to condemn President Trump. He was doomed to failure since his conception, since it takes two thirds of the Senate (67 votes) to dismiss the president. The Republican Party, which from the outset supported Trump and presented the process as a partisan accusation that sought to undo the popular will expressed in the elections, controls 53 of the 100 seats in the House. Some Republican senators have acknowledged that what he did Trump was not well, but they still voted for his acquittal. Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) said Sunday that the president “went overboard” in the Ukrainian affair, but added that it should be the people who decide what to do about it. “Lamar speaks for many of us,” added Senator Ben Sasse (Nebraska). Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) said that although the president’s actions “were not well and were inappropriate, they do not reach the level of removing an elected president from office and removing him from the ballots in the middle of an election.” Even the defense of President has used a similar argument. “On election day, as a citizen, I will allow that to influence my decision of who to vote for, but it is not a crime that deserves an impeachment,” said Alan Dershowitz of the defense team. After a previous investigation into the case With dozens of testimonies of protagonists involved, the House of Representatives voted in favor of accusing the president on December 19. On January 21 the political trial began in the Senate, which lasted 16 days. While in the impeachment against Bill Clinton in 1999 Democrats and Republicans agreed to set the rules of the trial and these were approved unanimously (100-0), in the case against Trump, the Republicans used their majority to impose their rules and Design a quick trial for damage containment. The voting of the package of norms was approved by 53 votes to 47 – nobody left the script imposed by their party. The Democratic accusation has presented its arguments in 22 hours, while the defense has only needed 12. One of those rules established that to summon new witnesses a majority in the Senate would be required. This vote was held last Friday and the Republican Party again used its majority to shorten the trial and prevent the presentation of evidence and additional witnesses. The result was 51 versus 49, with only two Republican senators changing sides. One of those fundamental witnesses was John Bolton, former Trump National Security advisor. In full trial against the president, The New York Times was made with the draft of Bolton’s new book, in which the ex-advisor tells him that the president told him that he wanted to keep Ukraine’s military aid frozen – $ 390 million – until The Government of Volodimir Zelenski publicly announced an investigation against his Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. This is the accusation on which the entire impeachment was based and that the Republicans have not wanted to hear. Trump’s response to Bolton’s accusations: “I fired him because if I had heard him, we would now be in the sixth world war and he comes out he immediately publishes a false and despicable book. “However, Bolton’s accusations coincide with the testimony of other witnesses, such as Gordon Sondland, current US ambassador to the EU. “Now I remember talking to Yermak alone [asesor de Zelenski], to whom I told him that the resumption of US aid would probably not occur until Ukraine made the anti-corruption statement we had been discussing for weeks, “Sondland said. Yermak denies these claims.

                

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