Newhouse says Trump’s acquittal ‘comes at no surprise’

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WASHINGTON — Local Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released a statement Wednesday in response to the US Senate’s vote to acquit President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment:

“The vote to acquit President Trump today comes at no surprise,” said Rep. Newhouse. “House Democrats failed to present a compelling case or convince the American people of an impeachable offense. Now that this partisan impeachment process is behind us, we can get back to work, focus on the priorities of our constituents and our country, and hopefully begin to heal this political divide.”

A majority of senators expressed unease with Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. But the final tallies — 52-48 favoring acquittal of abuse of power, 53-47 of obstruction of Congress’ investigation

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.