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Senators Find Trump 'Not Guilty' Of Abuse Of Power Impeachment Article

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Senators vote that President Trump is not guilty on the count of abuse of power in the first article of impeachment. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was the lone Republican to vote with Democrats.


The Senate has voted and found that President Trump is "not guilty" of the second article of impeachment, obstruction in Congress.
The U.S. Senate has acquitted President Donald Trump of impeachment, ending only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country and tested civic norms. (Feb. 5)
One member of Trump's legal team is arguing that abuse of power is not an impeachable offense, but many legal experts are roundly rejecting that claim. Aired on 01/20/20.
Trump impeachment lawyer Robert Ray defended the President at his historic Senate trial this week, conceding some problems with Trump's approach to Ukraine while insisting there was no impeachable offense. One day after finishing that case, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber presses Ray on the evidence Trump sought a Biden investigation, including Trump's own words, and presses Ray on Trump lawyers' presenting the "false" argument that abuse of power is not impeachable, quoting from past Articles of Impeachment. Ray partly concedes abuse of power is impeachable, breaking with his co-counsel Alan Dershowitz, but argues that the case is stronger when combined with alleged crimes. Ray also asserts that regardless of Trump's intent, he is "entitled to withhold aid in order to see what the Ukrainians do," previewing a "temporary" defense to address mounting evidence there was a quid pro quo. Aired on 1/29/20.

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>> EACH SENATOR, WHEN HIS OR HER
>> EACH SENATOR, WHEN HIS OR HER NAME IS CALLED, WILL STAND IN
NAME IS CALLED, WILL STAND IN HIS OR HER PLACE AND VOTE GUILTY
HIS OR HER PLACE AND VOTE GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY AS REQUIRED BY
OR NOT GUILTY AS REQUIRED BY RULE 23 OF THE SENATE RULES ON
RULE 23 OF THE SENATE RULES ON IMPEACHMENT.
IMPEACHMENT. ARTICLE I, SECTION 3 CLAUSE SIX
ARTICLE I, SECTION 3 CLAUSE SIX OF THE CONSTITUTION REGARDING
OF THE CONSTITUTION REGARDING THE VOTE REQUIRED FOR CONVICTION
THE VOTE REQUIRED FOR CONVICTION ON IMPEACHMENT PROVIDES THAT NO
ON IMPEACHMENT PROVIDES THAT NO PERSON SHALL BE CONVICTED
PERSON SHALL BE CONVICTED WITHOUT THE CONCURRENCE OF
WITHOUT THE CONCURRENCE OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE MEMBERS
TWO-THIRDS OF THE MEMBERS PRESENT.
PRESENT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE FIRST
THE QUESTION IS ON THE FIRST ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT,
ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT, SENATORS, HOW SAY YOU?
SENATORS, HOW SAY YOU? IS THE RESPONDENT, DONALD JOHN
IS THE RESPONDENT, DONALD JOHN TRUMP GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY?
TRUMP GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY? A ROLE CALL VOTE IS REQUIRED.
A ROLE CALL VOTE IS REQUIRED. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLE.
THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLE. >> MR. ALEXANDER.
>> MR. ALEXANDER. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. ALEXANDER, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. ALEXANDER, NOT GUILTY. >> MS. BALDWIN.
>> MS. BALDWIN. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. BARRASSO.
>> MR. BARRASSO. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. BARRASSO, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. BARRASSO, NOT GUILTY. MR. BENNETT.
MR. BENNETT. MR. BENNETT, GUILTY.
MR. BENNETT, GUILTY. MRS. BLACKBURN.
MRS. BLACKBURN. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MRS. BLACKBURN, NOT GUILTY.
>> MRS. BLACKBURN, NOT GUILTY. MR. BLUMENTHAL.
MR. BLUMENTHAL. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. BLUMENTHAL, GUILTY.
>> MR. BLUMENTHAL, GUILTY. MR. BLUNT.
MR. BLUNT. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. BLUNT, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. BLUNT, NOT GUILTY. MR. BOOKER.
MR. BOOKER. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. BOOKER, GUILTY.
>> MR. BOOKER, GUILTY. MR. BOOZMAN.
MR. BOOZMAN. NOT GUILTY.
NOT GUILTY. MR. BRAUN.
MR. BRAUN. MR. BRAUN, NOT GUILTY.
MR. BRAUN, NOT GUILTY. MR. BROWN.
MR. BROWN. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. BROWN, GUILTY.
>> MR. BROWN, GUILTY. MR. BUR.
MR. BUR. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. BUR, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. BUR, NOT GUILTY. MISS CANTWELL.
MISS CANTWELL. MISS CANTWELL, GUILTY.
MISS CANTWELL, GUILTY. MRS. CAPITO.
MRS. CAPITO. MRS. CAPITO, NOT GUILTY.
MRS. CAPITO, NOT GUILTY. MR. CARDIN.
MR. CARDIN. MR. CARDIN, GUILTY.
MR. CARDIN, GUILTY. MR. CARPER.
MR. CARPER. MR. CARPER, GUILTY.
MR. CARPER, GUILTY. MR. CASEY, GUILTY.
MR. CASEY, GUILTY. MR. CASSIDY.
MR. CASSIDY. MR. CASSIDY, NOT GUILTY.
MR. CASSIDY, NOT GUILTY. MS. COLLINS.
MS. COLLINS. MS. COLLINS, NOT GUILTY.
MS. COLLINS, NOT GUILTY. MR. COONS.
MR. COONS. MR. COONS, GUILTY.
MR. COONS, GUILTY. MR. CORNYN.
MR. CORNYN. MR. CORNYN, NOT GUILTY.
MR. CORNYN, NOT GUILTY. MS. CORTES MASTO.
MS. CORTES MASTO. GUILTY.
GUILTY. MR. COTTON.
MR. COTTON. MR. COTTON, NOT GUILTY.
MR. COTTON, NOT GUILTY. MR. KRAMER.
MR. KRAMER. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. KRAMER, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. KRAMER, NOT GUILTY. MR. CRAPO.
MR. CRAPO. MR. CRAPO, NOT GUILTY.
MR. CRAPO, NOT GUILTY. MR. CRUZ.
MR. CRUZ. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. CRUZ, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. CRUZ, NOT GUILTY. MR. DANES.
MR. DANES. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. DANES, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. DANES, NOT GUILTY. MS. DUCKWORTH.
MS. DUCKWORTH. MS. DUCKWORTH, GUILTY.
MS. DUCKWORTH, GUILTY. MR. DURBIN.
MR. DURBIN. MR. DURBIN, GUILTY.
MR. DURBIN, GUILTY. MR. ENZIE.
MR. ENZIE. MR. ENZIE, NOT GUILTY.
MR. ENZIE, NOT GUILTY. MS. ERNST.
MS. ERNST. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MS. ERNST, NOT GUILTY.
>> MS. ERNST, NOT GUILTY. MRS. FEINSTEIN.
MRS. FEINSTEIN. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MRS. FEINSTEIN, GUILTY.
>> MRS. FEINSTEIN, GUILTY. MRS. FISCHER.
MRS. FISCHER. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MRS. FISCHER, NOT GUILTY.
>> MRS. FISCHER, NOT GUILTY. MR. GARDNER.
MR. GARDNER. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. GARDNER, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. GARDNER, NOT GUILTY. MRS. GILLIBRAND.
MRS. GILLIBRAND. MRS. GILLIBRAND, GUILTY.
MRS. GILLIBRAND, GUILTY. MR. GRAHAM.
MR. GRAHAM. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. GRAHAM, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. GRAHAM, NOT GUILTY. MR. GRASSLEY.
MR. GRASSLEY. MR. GRASSLEY, NOT GUILTY.
MR. GRASSLEY, NOT GUILTY. MS. HARRIS.
MS. HARRIS. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MS. HARRIS, GUILTY.
>> MS. HARRIS, GUILTY. MISS HAASSENS, GUILTY.
MISS HAASSENS, GUILTY. MR. HOLLEY, NOT GUILTY.
MR. HOLLEY, NOT GUILTY. MR. HEINRICH, GUILTY.
MR. HEINRICH, GUILTY. MS. HERONO, GUILTY.
MS. HERONO, GUILTY. MR. HOEVEN.
MR. HOEVEN. MR. HOEVEN, NOT GUILTY.
MR. HOEVEN, NOT GUILTY. MRS. HYDE SMITH.
MRS. HYDE SMITH. NOT GUILTY.
NOT GUILTY. MR. ENHOF, NOT GUILTY.
MR. ENHOF, NOT GUILTY. MR. JOHNSON.
MR. JOHNSON. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. JOHNSON, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. JOHNSON, NOT GUILTY. MR. JONES.
MR. JONES. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. JONES, GUILTY.
>> MR. JONES, GUILTY. MR. KANE.
MR. KANE. GUILTY.
GUILTY. MR. KENNEDY.
MR. KENNEDY. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. KENNEDY, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. KENNEDY, NOT GUILTY. MR. KING.
MR. KING. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. KING, GUILTY.
>> MR. KING, GUILTY. MS. KLOBUCHAR.
MS. KLOBUCHAR. MS. KLOBUCHAR, GUILTY.
MS. KLOBUCHAR, GUILTY. MR. LANKFORD.
MR. LANKFORD. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. LANGFORD, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. LANGFORD, NOT GUILTY. MR. LEYHE.
MR. LEYHE. MR. LEYHE, GUILTY.
MR. LEYHE, GUILTY. MR. LEE.
MR. LEE. MR. LEE, NOT GUILTY.
MR. LEE, NOT GUILTY. MRS. LEVLER, NOT GUILTY.
MRS. LEVLER, NOT GUILTY. MR. MANSION.
MR. MANSION. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. MANSION, GUILTY.
>> MR. MANSION, GUILTY. MR. MARKEY, GUILTY.
MR. MARKEY, GUILTY. MR. McCONNELL.
MR. McCONNELL. MR. McCONNELL, NOT GUILTY.
MR. McCONNELL, NOT GUILTY. MS. McSALLY.
MS. McSALLY. NOT GUILTY.
NOT GUILTY. MR. MENENDEZ.
MR. MENENDEZ. MR. MENENDEZ, GUILTY.
MR. MENENDEZ, GUILTY. MR. MERKLEY, GUILTY.
MR. MERKLEY, GUILTY. MR. MORAN.
MR. MORAN. MR. MORAN, NOT GUILTY.
MR. MORAN, NOT GUILTY. MS. MURKOWSKI.
MS. MURKOWSKI. MS. MURKOWSKI, NOT GUILTY.
MS. MURKOWSKI, NOT GUILTY. MR. MURPHY.
MR. MURPHY. MR. MURPHY, GUILTY.
MR. MURPHY, GUILTY. MRS. MURRAY.
MRS. MURRAY. MRS. MURRAY, GUILTY.
MRS. MURRAY, GUILTY. MR. PAUL.
MR. PAUL. MR. PAUL, NOT GUILTY.
MR. PAUL, NOT GUILTY. MR. PERDUE.
MR. PERDUE. MR. PERDUE, NOT GUILTY.
MR. PERDUE, NOT GUILTY. MR. PETERS.
MR. PETERS. MR. PETERS, GUILTY.
MR. PETERS, GUILTY. MR. PORTMAN.
MR. PORTMAN. MR. PORTMAN, NOT GUILTY.
MR. PORTMAN, NOT GUILTY. MR. REED.
MR. REED. MR. REED, GUILTY.
MR. REED, GUILTY. MR. RISCH.
MR. RISCH. NOT GUILTY.
NOT GUILTY. MR. ROBERTS.
MR. ROBERTS. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. ROBERTS, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. ROBERTS, NOT GUILTY. MR. ROMNEY.
MR. ROMNEY. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. ROMNEY, GUILTY.
>> MR. ROMNEY, GUILTY. MISS ROSEN.
MISS ROSEN. GUILTY.
GUILTY. MR. ROUNS.
MR. ROUNS. NOT GUILTY.
NOT GUILTY. MR. RUBIO.
MR. RUBIO. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. RUBIO, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. RUBIO, NOT GUILTY. MR. SANDERS.
MR. SANDERS. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. SANDERS, GUILTY.
>> MR. SANDERS, GUILTY. MR. SASS.
MR. SASS. NOT GUILTY.
NOT GUILTY. MR. SHOTS, GUILTY.
MR. SHOTS, GUILTY. MR. SCHUMER.
MR. SCHUMER. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. SCHUMER, GUILTY.
>> MR. SCHUMER, GUILTY. MR. SCOTT OF FLORIDA.
MR. SCOTT OF FLORIDA. MR. SCOTT OF FLORIDA, NOT
MR. SCOTT OF FLORIDA, NOT GUILTY.
GUILTY. MR. SCOTT OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
MR. SCOTT OF SOUTH CAROLINA. MR. SCOTT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, NOT
MR. SCOTT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, NOT GUILTY.
GUILTY. MRS. SHAHEEN, GUILTY.
MRS. SHAHEEN, GUILTY. MR. SHELVEY, NOT GUILTY.
MR. SHELVEY, NOT GUILTY. MISS CINEMA.
MISS CINEMA. GUILTY.
GUILTY. MISS SMITH.
MISS SMITH. MISS SMITH, GUILTY.
MISS SMITH, GUILTY. MISS STABENOW, GUILTY.
MISS STABENOW, GUILTY. MR. SULLIVAN.
MR. SULLIVAN. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. SULLIVAN, NOT GUILTY.
>> MR. SULLIVAN, NOT GUILTY. MR. TESTER.
MR. TESTER. >> GUILTY.
>> GUILTY. >> MR. TESTER, GUILTY.
>> MR. TESTER, GUILTY. MR. THUNE.
MR. THUNE. MR. THUNE, NOT GUILTY.
MR. THUNE, NOT GUILTY. MR. TILLIS.
MR. TILLIS. MR. TILLIS, NOT GUILTY.
MR. TILLIS, NOT GUILTY. MR. TOOMEY, NOT GUILTY.
MR. TOOMEY, NOT GUILTY. MR. UDALL, GUILTY.
MR. UDALL, GUILTY. MR. VAN HOLLEN.
MR. VAN HOLLEN. GUILTY.
GUILTY. MR. WARNER.
MR. WARNER. MR. WARNER, GUILTY.
MR. WARNER, GUILTY. MS. WARREN.
MS. WARREN. GUILTY.
GUILTY. MR. WHITEHOUSE, GUILTY.
MR. WHITEHOUSE, GUILTY. MR. WAKER.
MR. WAKER. MR. WAKER, NOT GUILTY.
MR. WAKER, NOT GUILTY. MR. WIEDEN, GUILTY.
MR. WIEDEN, GUILTY. MR. YOUNG.
MR. YOUNG. >> NOT GUILTY.
>> NOT GUILTY. >> MR. YOUNG, NOT GUILTY.
>> THIS ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT,
>> THIS ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT, 48 SENATORS HAVE PRONOUNCED
48 SENATORS HAVE PRONOUNCED DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF
DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, GUILTY AS
THE UNITED STATES, GUILTY AS CHARGED.
CHARGED. 52 SENATORS HAVE PRONOUNCED HIM
52 SENATORS HAVE PRONOUNCED HIM NOT GUILTY AS CHARGED.
NOT GUILTY AS CHARGED. TWO-THIRDS OF THE SENATORS
TWO-THIRDS OF THE SENATORS PRESENT NOT HAVING PRONOUNCED
PRESENT NOT HAVING PRONOUNCED HIM GUILTY, THE SENATE ADJUDGES
HIM GUILTY, THE SENATE ADJUDGES THAT THE RESPONDENT, DONALD JOHN
THAT THE RESPONDENT, DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IS NOT GUILTY AS CHARGED

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