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US Senate heads for Trump’s acquittal on Wednesday

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The US Senate headed on Wednesday to absolve President Donald Trump of accusations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress four months after Democrats in the US House of Representatives launched an official accountability regarding the president’s dealings with Ukraine.

Trump, a Republican and third US president held accountable in the House and a Senate trial, faces a vote at 4 pm (2100 GMT) determining whether he can complete his term or whether he must hand over power immediately to his deputy, Mike Pence.

Although the vote will be historic, there are few doubts about its outcome, as none of the 53 Republican senators has announced that he will vote in favor of the president’s condemnation.

It requires the approval of 67 of the 100 senators to remove the president from office, which is unprecedented in the House.

If Trump is acquitted, Republicans and Democrats will pass on their respective cause to the electorate, as Trump seeks to win a second term in the November 3 election.

Trump’s 21-day Senate trial focused on whether the president blocked US aid to Ukraine last summer to press Kiev to start an investigation into Joe Biden, a former vice president and a Democrat candidate, to run for the US presidential election this year.

A Reuters / Ipsos poll conducted on January 27 and 28 revealed that 39 percent of American adults agree to Trump’s performance of office in exchange for 55 percent refusing.

This is just below the approval rating when the House of Representatives began accountability in September, at 43 percent, compared to 53 percent.

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