(1-27-21) The US Senate tabled an motion by Sen. Rand Paul (R) Tuesday to force a vote on the constitutionality of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
Sen. Rand Paul:
“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.”
Paul’s motion was voted down on a 55-45 vote, with five Republicans joining all Democrats, meaning 45 Republicans voted for Paul’s measure.
Republican Senators who joined the Democrats
- Mitt Romney of Utah (Romney was the only Republican senator to vote for conviction when the Senate acquitted Trump in his first impeachment trial)
- Ben Sasse of Nebraska
- Susan Collins of Maine
- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
- Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
Despite the motion being defeated in the 2nd Trump impeachment trial, it is a sign that the Democrats do not have the support needed to convict President Trump, if the impeachment goes to trial. Democrats would need the support of 17 Republicans, plus all of the Democrat members to vote to convict.