WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate acquitted President Donald Trump on two impeachment charges Wednesday amid Republican complaints about what they called a rushed process and Democratic claims that Trump is a threat to democracy. The historic, three-week trial proceeded largely along partisan lines, with just one senator — Republican Mitt Romney of Utah — breaking with his party.
For the past two days, Senators have been giving speeches to explain why they will vote to convict or acquit the president. Those speeches continued Wednesday up until the vote.
Trump is the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. The impeachment process has been largely divided along party lines. Democrats argue Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate his political rivals is a threat to U.S. democracy. Meanwhile, Republicans say Democrats have been trying to impeach Trump since he took office and rushed through impeachment in an attempt to remove the president from ballot in the 2020 presidential election.