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Here he comes again: Trump defuses impeachment bomb, eyes re-election

As the obstacles to his acquittal fall, he will push for another term – and outdo Bill Clinton in the process

Ben Riley Smith

The moment it finally came was greeted with silence. On the Senate floor, members were sitting at their wooden desks facing forwards as the critical numbers were read aloud: 49 ayes, 51 nays.

The vote to hear new witnesses in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial had been quashed. With it, the last obstacle standing in the way of acquittal was gone.

While Friday night’s drama did not formally bring an end to the trial of the 45th US president, it was the moment he knew he was safe in office. Barring a remarkable implosion, Trump will be cleared of the two articles of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives shortly after 4pm this Wednesday. It will leave him free to challenge for a second term in November’s election...

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