Trump to Make Statement on Impeachment Acquittal

United States President, Donald Trump said he will issue a formal statement on Thursday after his Wednesday acquittal on two impeachment charges.

“I will be making a public statement tomorrow at 12:00 pm from the @WhiteHouse to discuss our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!” he tweeted.

Trump was cleared in his impeachment trial, ending a divisive congressional bid to oust him from office.

The Senate, dominated by Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress. A two-thirds majority vote was needed to remove Mr Trump.

Democrats had charged Mr Trump in December with pressuring Ukraine to smear a potential White House rival. This implied that Mr Trump will remain in office, and by November, he will become the first impeached president to seek re-election. Had he been convicted on either charge, Mr Trump would have had to turn over his office to Vice-President Mike Pence.

Since he would be seeking re-election in November, his campaign office said in a statement that “President Trump has been totally vindicated and it’s now time to get back to the business of the American people.

“The do-nothing Democrats know they can’t beat him, so they had to impeach him.” It said “this terrible ordeal” and “nonsense” was merely a Democratic campaign tactic.

The statement added: “This impeachment hoax will go down as the worst miscalculation in American political history.”

The impeachment charges focused on Mr Trump’s request that Kyiv announce a corruption investigation into Joe Biden, a Democratic White House candidate, and his son Hunter Biden.

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Trump has argued that the younger Biden improperly held a board position with a Ukrainian natural gas firm while his father was US vice-president and in charge of American-Ukrainian relations.

Democrats accused Mr Trump of abusing his power by withholding $391m (£300m) in security aid to prod Ukraine’s president into digging up dirt on the Bidens.

They also charged Mr Trump with obstruction of Congress after the White House blocked testimony and documents sought by the House impeachment investigators.

The impeachment inquiry began from Mr Trump’s phone call on 25 July this year in which he asked Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to “do us a favour”.

Democrats launched their investigation in September after a complaint from an anonymous government whistleblower.

Trump is the third US president to have been impeached. The two others, Bill Clinton in 1999 and Andrew Johnson in 1868, were left in power by the Senate and did not seek re-election. President Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.

Mr Trump has probably not heard the last of the Ukraine investigation.

Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on Wednesday the chamber would “likely” issue a subpoena to Mr Trump’s former National Security Adviser, John Bolton.

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