Republican senators made it known that the President Trump impeachment is “dead on arrival” as it won’t get the needed number of votes. 45 GOP senators voted in favor of a motion introduced by Senator Rand Paul (KY) to dismiss the impeachment as unconstitutional. Even if the point of order eventually lost 55-45, it showed that the Senate would have problems getting the majority.
No Majority to Convict Trump
The House of Representatives delivered to the Senate on Monday one article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump. The House accused the former President of allegedly pushing for “lawless action at the Capitol” after a mob stormed the Capitol on January 6 during Congress’ confirmation of electoral votes. Surprisingly, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) is among those who voted in favor of Senator Paul’s motion. McConnell reportedly had issues with Trump’s handling of the riot, and supported Trump’s impeachment. The five Republican senators who supported the Impeachment are Senators. Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AL), Mitt Romney (UT), Ben Sasse (NE), and Pat Toomey of (PA).
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Even if Rand’s motion did not pass, it showed the pattern of the voting that will happen for the impeachment. In order to convict Trump, the Senate will require a 67 vote supermajority. Instead of 5 Republicans, the conviction will need 17 GOP members along with 50 Democrats.
“The Senate just voted on my constitutional point of order. 45 Senators agreed that this sham of a ‘trial’ is unconstitutional. That is more than will be needed to acquit and to eventually end this partisan impeachment process. This ‘trial’ is dead on arrival in the Senate,” Paul tweeted after the vote. In his earlier speech at the Senate, said that Chief Justice John Roberts does not plan to preside over a second trial because the Constitution requires him to do so only when the president is being tried.
Paul also said that the Chief Justice’s absence confirms the trial is for a private citizen and not a President. He makes it a point of order that this trial violates the Constitution, and thus not in order.
Calling for Unity
Paul criticized Democrats for continuing to divide Americans, despite the fact that President Joe Biden called for unity. “Hyper-partisan Democrats are about to drag our great country down into the gutter of rancor and vitriol the likes of which has never been seen in our nation’s history. Instead of doing the nation’s work with their new majorities in the House, the Senate, and the executive branch, Democrats are wasting the nation’s time on a partisan vendetta against a man no longer in office,” Paul tweeted.
“It’s almost as if they have no ability to exist except in opposition to Donald Trump. Without him as their boogeyman, they might have to legislate and to actually convince Americans that their policy prescriptions are the right ones,” he noted.
Conviction May Include a Lifetime Ban
While most Republicans became critical of Trump after the January 6 riot, many returned to the fold, many have since rushed to defend him in regard to the upcoming trial, showing the former president’s enduring sway over the conservative party. While most Republicans criticized Trump’s alleged role shortly after the attack. However, many have returned to defend the former President from the upcoming trial.
A Senate conviction will likely include a lifetime ban for Trump to run for office again. By voting for the motion, GOP members acknowledge that Trump will remain influential over the Republican Party for the next few years. Another run at the White House may even be possible.
Analysts saw Paul’s motion as a way for GOP Senators to get away from a trial of a fellow Republican. “One Washington principle holds true today: give a member of Congress a procedural off-ramp from a tough political vote and they will take it,” tweeted journalist Susan Glasser.
Watch the CNN News video reporting that over a third of the Senate opposes the Trump Impeachment trial.
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