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

US President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress in the House Chamber of the US Capitol in Washington, US, on Feb 4, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON - The impeachment trial of United States President Donald Trump may have ended on Wednesday (Feb 5), 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 what has sometimes felt like a drama with twists and turns, 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 were never called.

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