After senators voted against calling witnesses or admitting new evidence, US President Donald Trump is set to be acquitted in his impeachment trial.
The final vote will be held on February 5. A two-thirds majority in the chamber of 67 votes is required to remove him from office. No Republican senator has signalled that they plan to vote for Mr Trump's removal. Senior members of President Trump's Republican Party pushed from the outset for a speedy trial with no witnesses or new evidence. Trump was impeached on two charges: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Mr Trump has defended his actions, arguing that he was justified in pushing for an investigation into Mr Biden because there was “corruption” to be uncovered.
Mr Biden has always denied any wrongdoing. Marco Rubio, Republican senator for Florida, said: "Just because actions meet a standard of impeachment does not mean it is in the best interest of the country to remove a President from office." This is for now. The impeachment proceedings possibly have made an impact with the future elections but only the time will prove this. The signs are encouraging for the president.