Republicans Tell Senate There Is No Chance And They Need To Move On

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Senators were sworn in as jurors to President Trump’s impeachment trial Tuesday as the Senate voted 55-45 to end the 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.

Paul, R-Ky., had told reporters earlier that he would make a point of order alleging that the trial is contrary to the Constitution — an argument that multiple Republican senators have made. That forced a vote on the point of order, requiring senators to go on the record about whether they believe the trial is constitutional.

The Senate also passed its pre-trial organizing resolution 83 to 17, and the impeachment trial will be adjourned until Tuesday, Feb. 9, as Sen. Republican leader Mitch McConnell had been pushing for.

Paul said he expected his resolution to prove there would be “no chance” of impeaching the president in the Senate.

The Senate would need a two-thirds majority, or at least 67 votes, to convict the president.

Republicans have called to “move on” from impeachment now that Trump is out of office, adding that to continue pursuing the matter would further divide the country.

According to the Constitution, “When the President of the United States is tried the Chief Justice shall preside,” and Chief Justice John Roberts made it clear he would not be presiding over the impeachment now that Trump has left office.

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