No less than 45 Republican senators voted against holding an impeachment trial of Donald Trump, deeming that it would be unconstitutional to impeach a former president.
Trump finds himself in hot water over alleged “incitement to insurrection” regarding the shocking events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Yet, as per reports, all but five GOP senators sided with an effort put forward by Senator Rand Paul not to move forward with any trial, sending a firm message that there are not enough votes to convict Trump.
Convicting a president during a Senate impeachment trial requires a two-thirds majority, and that now looks wholly unlikely.
Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey all voted alongside the Democrats in a bid to reject Paul’s order. Romney, you may remember, was the sole Republican senator to vote to convict Trump during his first impeachment trial.
Nevertheless, there were a whopping 45 Republican senators who voted against Trump’s impeachment trial moving forward. While that wasn’t enough to stall the trial – a 55-45 majority was achieved in favor – it is an early sign that securing a conviction for the former POTUS isn’t at all likely.
Prior to the vote, Senator Rand Paul expressed his wish for his colleagues to go on record.
“If we are going to put every politician in jail, are we going to impeach every politician who has used the words ‘fight’ figuratively in a speech? Shame,” he said. “I want this body on record. Every last person here.”
Naturally, Trump remains an extremely popular figure within the GOP, meaning that any Republican senator voting to impeach him will face the ire of their peers.
“We need truth and accountability for Donald Trump’s actions. His impeachment trial will move forward in the United States Senate,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Twitter.
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