U.S. Sen. Rand Paul declared former President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial “dead on arrival” on Tuesday after 45 Senate Republicans voted against holding the proceeding, viewing it as unconstitutional.
Rand, a Kentucky Republican, had called for a procedural vote regarding holding a trial, claiming the Senate shouldn’t address the article of impeachment against Trump filed by the House this month because Trump is now out of office.
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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.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 26, 2021
“If you voted that it was unconstitutional, how in the world would you ever vote to convict somebody for this?” Paul told reporters after the vote, according to Politico. “This vote indicates it’s over. The trial is all over.”
“I don’t think Democrats expect to have the votes to convict,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) added. “I don’t think this is about accomplishing that. I think this is an effort to embarrass not only the former president but also members of the opposing party.” – Politico
Sen. @RandPaul: "This impeachment is nothing more than a partisan exercise designed to further divide the country. Democrats claim to want to unify the country, but impeaching a former president, a private citizen, is the antithesis of unity." pic.twitter.com/W8SHXO2URn
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 26, 2021
Who were the 5 RINOs who supported Democrats’ efforts to impeach a former president? The usual suspects, of course. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse, Pat Toomey and Mitt Romney.