Sen. Rand Paul has tagged former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as ‘dead on arrival’
This occurred when the Senate tabled an effort by Sen. Rand Paul Tuesday, to force a vote on the constitutionality of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
But the vote offered an indicator for how Republican senators feel about the trial, after they overwhelmingly voted for Paul’s measure.
After the vote Paul argued that the fact that 45 Republicans sided with him “shows that impeachment is dead on arrival.”
Meanwhile, 45 Republicans have voted for Paul’s effort and five Republicans have joined all Democrats. Republican Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania crossed party lines to vote with Democrats. At the end of the day, Paul’s motion was killed on a 55-45 vote.
When the trial begins next month, at least 17 Republicans will need to vote with all Democrats, in order to convict Trump at his trial.
Interestingly, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell sided with Paul in the vote — a potential indicator that he agrees the constitutionality of impeaching a former President is in question.
On Trump’s trial, Paul asked a pertinent question: “If you voted that it was unconstitutional then how in the world would you ever hope to convict somebody for this?”
He also said, “45 of us, almost the entire caucus, 95% of the caucus, voted that the whole proceeding was unconstitutional. This is a big victory for us. Democrats can beat this partisan horse as long as they want — this vote indicates it’s over, the trial is all over.”