The U.S. Senate on Tuesday rejected an effort by Republicans to stop the second impeachment process against former President Donald Trump.
In the vote, held the same day, 55 senators voted in favor and 45 against the resolution introduced by Republican Senator Rand Paul to dismiss the impeachment against the former U.S. president and call it unconstitutional, justifying that Trump is no longer head of state.
“Private citizens are not impeached. Impeachment is for removal from office, and the accused here has already left office,” Paul remarked, while calling this trial “unhinged” and “vindictive.”
Only five Republican senators joined the Democrats in voting in favor of impeachment against Trump for “inciting insurrection” on January 6.
Thus, Trump’s impeachment trial will begin as scheduled on February 8. The House of Representatives approved the process two weeks ago for disturbances that occurred in the federal Capitol on January 6, following the former president’s harangue to his followers to “fight” until reversing his defeat in the presidential election.
The incident increased criticism against the New York magnate, both by Democrats and Republicans. In this regard, the House of Representatives approved on January 13 the opening of a second impeachment of Trump with the support of the Democratic caucus and ten Republicans.
According to the U.S. Constitution, activating impeachment proceedings against a president requires Senate approval, but it seems unlikely that there will be enough votes for a conviction.
Although most Republicans criticized Trump after the violent event in Congress, many of them have backed him in the process against him, which shows the influence of the former White House occupant over his co-religionists.
According to the results of the new Reuters/Ipsos poll, released on January 23, a majority of Americans, or 51 percent, believe that Trump should be found guilty of inciting his supporters to violate the U.S. Congress.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – WPN