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Trump is acquitted in impeachment trial


Three days of arguably unprecedented political drama concluded Wednesday with the acquittal by the U.S. Senate of impeachment charges brought against President Donald Trump.

The vote was almost on strict party lines. Republican Mitt Romney of Utah was the sole member of his party to vote against the president.

On the first charge of abuse of power, the Senate voted 52-48 against, and on obstruction of justice, the tally was 53-47 (Romney voted to acquit here).

A two-thirds majority is required by the Constitution to convict and remove a president.

The final vote on impeachment came the day after the president’s State of the Union address, in which he touted “America’s great comeback.” A moment of additional drama took place when Trump appeared to refuse to shake Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s hand. She tore up a copy of the president’s speech.

The first Democratic nomination event of the year, the Iowa caucus, was a victim of computer woes and other foulups. The caucus process started on Monday but by Wednesday (today) a final total had not been released. With 86 percent of caucuses reporting, Pete Buttigieg had 11 delegates to the national convention and 26.7 percent of votes (512 people), a slight lead over Bernie Sanders with 11 delegates, 25.4 percent of votes (488).

In third place was Elizabeth Warren with five delegates, 18.3 percent of votes (362). Joe Biden, the leader in national polls, was fourth with zero delegates, 15.9 percent and 306 votes.

President Trump won the Republican caucuses with 98 percent support.

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