McConnell Votes to Declare Trump Impeachment Trial ‘Unconstitutional’

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    The Senate rejected a move by Republican Senator Rand Paul to declare Trump’s impeachment trial unconstitutional because he is no longer in office.

    Paul’s point of order was tabled on a vote of 55-45, a rough proxy for how many Republicans might vote to acquit Trump on a single article of impeachment charging him with inciting an insurrection.

    Not all of the five Republicans who voted to table the motion would necessarily vote for Trump’s conviction, which would require 17 Republican votes in the evenly divided Senate to reach the two-thirds threshold.

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said history and precedent “are clear” that the Senate can try a president or other official who has left office.

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