WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to acquit President Donald Trump on charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, with Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman backing the majority decision and Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown voting to convict Trump.
Brown released a statement before the vote that said the Senate has “no choice but to convict” Trump after his impeachment trial showed he abused his power by extorting a political favor from a foreign government to bolster his own political campaign, and then obstructed Congress by blocking witnesses from his administration from testifying before Congress.
“Over the course of this trial we heard overwhelming evidence that President Trump did things Richard Nixon never did – he extorted a bribe from a foreign leader, to put his own presidential campaign above the American people he swore an oath to serve,” said Brown. “If we acquit this President, it sets a clear, dangerous precedent – that you can abuse your office, and Congress will look the other way.”
Portman said that while it was “Inappropriate and wrong” for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate Biden, it did not rise to the level of impeachment.