SD Senators react to impeachment vote
The U.S. Senate has found President Donald Trump not guilty on two articles of impeachment.
Senators voted to acquit on the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, by voting 52 to 48. Sixty-seven were needed to convict and remove President Trump from office.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote guilty on article one.
Senators voted along party lines on article two, obstruction of justice, with the vote coming down 53 to 47.
John Thune, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, issued a statement after the acquittal:
“There is another national election just months away, and there is a strong case to be made that the American people, not Washington politicians, should choose whether the president remains in office. I believe a majority of South Dakotans agree. This has been a highly disruptive process for the American people.”
And from Sen. Mike Rounds:
“From the beginning, the senate conducted a fair, impartial trial. Impeaching an elected official is incredibly serious, as it effectively overturns the will of the American electorate. The house failed miserably to make its case, and the senate rightly voted to acquit the President.”