Nearly every Senate Republican voted that putting a former president on trial for impeachment is unconstitutional, delivering an early but not fatal blow to the House’s impeachment case against Donald Trump.
The vote, forced by GOP Sen. Rand Paul, underscores the significant hurdles facing the House’s impeachment managers, who will need to convince at least 17 Republican senators in order to secure a conviction.
However, 45 GOP senators voted to dub the exercise unconstitutional; only five joined all the Democrats in opposition.
Paul’s effort reflects the widespread belief among Republicans that the Senate should not hold an impeachment trial on Trump because he is now a private citizen and therefore is not subject to the punishment of removal from office.
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