February 5, 2020 / 9:21 PM / 14 days ago

U.S. Senate acquits Trump of abuse of power impeachment charge

U.S. President Donald Trump departs after delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis/POOL

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday found President Donald Trump not guilty of abusing his powers, as had been charged by the House of Representatives.

In the first of two impeachment votes, the Republican-controlled Senate cleared the Republican president of Democrats’ accusations that he acted improperly in withholding U.S. security aid to Ukraine. The Senate vote was 52-48.

Reporting by Richard Cowan and Eric Beech; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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