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Photo: Senate Television via Getty Images

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.

The highlights:

  • Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.), closely watched Democratic swing votes, voted to convict Trump on both articles of impeachment.
  • Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), another key moderate Democratic swing vote who is facing re-election in 2020, also announced that he would vote to convict Trump. He said on the Senate floor that he would "not shrink from [his] duty to defend the Constitution and to do impartial justice."
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said that he hopes Democrats "accept the results" of the impeachment trial and do not attempt to open a second impeachment process — as House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said that it was "likely" House Democrats would subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

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