On 5 February, the US Senate found President Donald Trump not guilty of both charges in the impeachment trial, putting an end to the months-long Democratic efforts to impeach the president over his 25 July conversation with Ukraine’s Zelensky, but questions remain as to whether the Democrats will try to find another way to hit back at Trump.
Dr George Szamuely, a senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute, has shared his reflections on the matter.
According to the professor, there were few surprises in the impeachment vote. The vote on the first article of impeachment was 48 to convict and 52 to acquit; the vote on the second article of impeachment was 47 to convict and 53 to acquit. Thus, he concluded, President Trump was acquitted, with the number voting to remove the president falling well short of the necessary 67.
Democrats ‘Kept Troops in Line’, Only Deviation on Republican Side
Szamuely noted that the vote was, by and large, along party lines on the Democratic side.
“The Democrats kept their troops in line. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who, coming from a red state that Trump carried handily in 2016, was considered to be someone who might vote to acquit. Yet, she voted with her party to convict Trump on both articles. The same went for Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), whose state Trump carried by more than 30 points. Yet Manchin too voted to convict on both articles”, Szamuely said.