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After the latest Senate vote, the RINOS really showed themselves.
Senator Rand Pauls’s latest motion to throw out Trump’s impeachment trial as unconstitutional ended up coming up short with a 55 to 45 final vote.
50 Democrats voted in favor of the impeach and five Republicans voted in favor of the impeachment trial too.
This latest decision by the Senate shows us that Trump will more than likely not get impeached because you need 2/3 of the Senate to vote in favor of impeachment.
Here are the Senators who disagreed with Rand Paul’s motion and will seek to impeach Trump:
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
NEW: 45 Senate Republicans supported an effort to dismiss Trump's second impeachment trial.
The 5 Republicans who joined Democrats to kill Sen. Rand Paul's point of order:
• Susan Collins
• Lisa Murkowski
• Mitt Romney
• Ben Sasse
• Pat Toomeyhttps://t.co/B7QLwqJl8m
— Axios (@axios) January 26, 2021
The Senate voted 55-45 to reject Sen. Rand Paul's argument that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer in office.
Just 5 Republicans joined Democrats in voting to table the motion. https://t.co/w9JnouNWs5
— NPR (@NPR) January 27, 2021
Fox News covered the story, see what they had to say:
Senators were sworn in as jurors to President Trump’s impeachment trial Tuesday as the Senate voted 55-45 to end debate on Sen. Rand Paul’s point of order arguing that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional now that Trump is out of office.
Five GOP senators voted not to dismiss the impeachment trial of President Trump: Susan Collins, Maine, Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, Ben Sasse, Neb., and Pat Toomey, Pa., and Mitt Romney, Utah. They voted with all 50 Democrat senators to table the point of order.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has indicated he has an open mind on whether Trump should be convicted, voted against ending debate.
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
Only 5 of the 17 republicans that would be needed to impeach Trump feel that the impeachment of a former president is even constitutional… This thing is Dead On Arrival!
Don't the democrats have something better to do in a pandemic than push their sham political theater?
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 27, 2021
CNN covered the story also:
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 — who overwhelmingly voted for Paul’s measure — feel about the trial.
Paul’s motion was killed on a 55-45 vote, with five Republicans joining all Democrats, meaning 45 Republicans voted for Paul’s effort. 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.
In order to convict Trump at his trial, at least 17 Republicans will need to vote with all Democrats when the trial begins next month. Significantly, 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.