And so the verdict is … Hallelujah. It’s over.
In the long history of our republic, there have been only four presidential impeachments.
The final vote of 57-43 fell 10 votes short of the two-thirds needed for conviction, and was only a vote or two closer than was predicted before the trial began. The mutual decision to backtrack on the call for witnesses earlier in the day was a merciful sign that it was all over but the voting.
For Trump, the acquittal allows him to begin moving on with his life and focus on what role he wants to play in the 2022 midterms and whether he wants to run in 2024. He must also deal with the fact that various prosecutors are looking at his businesses and other issues.