The Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment against him.
The chamber first handily voted down the article alleging abuse of power, 52 – 48, affirming an outcome that was widely expected essentially since the trial’s start on Jan. 21.
Minutes later, they voted 53-47 against the second article, alleging obstruction of Congress.
The effort to remove Trump from office needed the support of at least two-thirds — or 67 members — of the GOP-controlled body to carry, but Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was the only one of the 53 Republicans in the chamber to buck party lines and vote to convict.
Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat in the Trump stronghold of West Virginia, stuck to party lines, voting to convict.
No president has ever been removed from office via impeachment.
Senators will now vote on the second article of impeachment, alleging obstruction of Congress, for which an acquittal is also expected.
Approved in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in December, the two articles alleged wrongdoing by Trump in his request that Ukraine probe former US Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over their dealings in Ukraine.
Democrats alleged that that ask — made during a July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — constituted a quid pro quo because $391 million in US military aid to Ukraine hung in the balance at the time.
Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, and characterized the impeachment push as a partisan “witch hunt.”
Despite passing in the House, the impeachment bid was long expected to falter in the upper chamber.
But seemingly the final nail in the coffin came when the Senate voted last week, 51 to 49, to not call any witnesses in the trial.
Swing-vote Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Lisa Murkowski, respectively of Tennessee and Alaska, have said that they felt Trump committed actions that were “inappropriate,” but did not rise to warranting removal from office.