Photos show key moments of President Trump's impeachment inquiry - Josh Loe

Photos show key moments of President Trump’s impeachment inquiry

President Donald Trump is a free man.

On February 5, he was acquitted on both impeachment charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress —after a quick Senate trial that began in the third week of January.

House Democrats previously pursued several months of private and public hearings to investigate whether Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, by threatening to withhold $400 million in military aid.

House committees first investigated behind closed doors, and then with televised hearings. Witnesses and questioners were both under intense scrutiny. Democrats were hoping the publicized hearings would convince the public that Trump should be impeached. Republicans were trying their best to distract and make the case that Trump should stay in office.

The two sides again faced off after the impeachment trial moved to the Senate, with lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff delivering a stirring opening statement and Trump’s defense team putting on what Business Insider’s Sonam Sheth described as a “masterclass in disinformation.”

Here’s a look back at Trump’s impeachment, in photos.

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