BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — President Donald Trump declared a victory after the Senate acquitted him of both impeachment charges.
Following President Trump's acquittal on both articles of impeachment: obstruction of congress and abuse of power, protests erupted on the streets of New York and Washington, D.C.
In a near party-line vote, all 47 democrats voted to convict President Trump on both articles of impeachment.
While the margin of votes to convict the President appears as a close vote, in the Republican-controlled Senate, there were not enough votes to reach the two-thirds majority.
A requirement to convict the President on either article of impeachment.
During the trial, Democrats had hoped to introduce new witness testimony and documents but failed to secure enough Republican votes.
All Republican Senators heeding the President's call and voted "not guilty" on obstruction of congress charge. However, when it came to the abuse of power charge, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, in an emotional speech on the Senate floor brought a stunning twist to the historic trial.
Allen Bolar, a local political science professor said some factors play into consideration when a senator splits party lines.
"They do things for their own re-elections, they do things to support their party, and often because they think it's right," Bolar said.
Bolar said the impact of this trial is set to be determined by voters after this November election.
"To the degree, if it affects the voters, if it affects them negatively or positively, against the President or for the President then it would either decrease or increase his, the likelihood that he would win," Bolar said.
The President tweeted he will make an official statement about the impeachment trial Wednesday, at noon.