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United States President, Donald Trump has been cleared in his impeachment trial, ending a congressional bid to remove him from office. The Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment Wednesday, marking the inevitable and historic end to a bitterly fought, divisive impeachment trial that will reverberate into the 2020 election and shape Trump's presidential legacy.

The Senate, run by the president's fellow Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress.


Democrats charged Mr Trump in December with pressuring Ukraine to smear a potential White House rival, Joe Biden. Trump will become the first impeached president to seek re-election.


In its historic vote on Wednesday, the Senate decided not to remove America's 45th president from office on charges arising from his dealings with Ukraine.


If convicted on either charge, Mr Trump would have had to turn over his office to Vice-President Mike Pence.


The Democratic-led House of Representatives approved the articles of impeachment on 18 December but forwarded it to the Senate for trial several weeks after, a development that was blamed on perceived partisanship.

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