Feb 5, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Sen. Joe Manchin to vote to convict Trump

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will vote to convict President Trump on both articles of impeachment.

Why it matters: The moderate Democrat's decision eliminates any possibility that Trump could receive a bipartisan acquittal. He wrote in a statement: "I have always wanted this President, and every President to succeed, but I deeply love our country and must do what I think is best for the nation."

Between the lines: Manchin's decision, which came at the last possible moment ahead of the final vote, is one of the most consequential in a trial that was always going to end in acquittal. His vote in favor of conviction eliminates a popular Trump talking point by ensuring that Senate Democrats maintain party unity, while Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) made the bold choice to break party lines.

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Mitt Romney says he will vote to convict Trump in impeachment trial

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) will vote to convict President Trump for abuse of power and acquit him for obstruction of Congress in the Senate impeachment trial.

Why it matters: Romney is the only Republican senator to break ranks and vote to remove Trump from office, though the president is still expected to be acquitted later today.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to vote to convict Trump

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) will vote to convict President Trump on both articles of impeachment, according to the Arizona Republic.

Why it matters: The moderate Sinema was viewed as one of the most likely Senate Democrats to vote to acquit Trump. She joins Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in voting to remove the president, while the other possible swing vote — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) — has yet to announce his decision.

Trump impeachment trial recap, day 13: Senate votes to acquit Trump

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President Trump's Senate impeachment trial concluded Wednesday with a final vote (4pm ET) to acquit him on two articles brought by the House — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — after senators continue their debate on the issue.

The big picture: Trump's acquittal was always expected, but Wednesday saw an 11th hour twist in the impeachment trial as Sen. Mitt Romney voted in favor of convicting the president on abuse of power — the only Republican senator to break ranks.

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