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End of impeachment trial puts Trump's fate in hands of voters

They will deliver final judgment at ballot box in Nov, but impact of saga could fade by then

The impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump may have ended on Wednesday, but the final judgment on his conduct, and the fate of several vulnerable Republican and Democrat congressmen who voted for or against his removal, will come only on Nov 3 at the ballot box.

Wednesday's verdict of not guilty - delivered by 100 senator-jurors sworn to do impartial justice - concludes months of drama, from public testimony by public servants who revealed the inner workings of the Trump administration's Ukraine policy, to potentially explosive witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton, who offered to testify but was never called.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2020, with the headline 'End of impeachment trial puts Trump's fate in hands of voters'. Subscribe