The Five Republicans that Voted for Trump's 'Unconstitutional' Senate Impeachment Trial to Proceed

Nick Kangadis | January 27, 2021

For those of you who are tired of the go-along-to-get-along politicians, a few more showed their true colors on Tuesday. To be fair, the politicians showing said colors have become the usual suspects in voting against anything connected to the Trump name.

A motion by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to stop the Senate impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump on the basis that it’s unconstitutional was narrowly defeated with the aid of five Republican senators.

Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.) all voted to go ahead with the trial in a 55-45 vote.

If a president has engaged in criminal wrongdoing, they should absolutely be held to the letter of the law. It takes a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate in order to deem the president guilty.

Impeachments should be undertaken with the utmost seriousness. But alas, politicians have thrown seriousness out the window in favor of what is politically expedient for their respective political party.

For what’s it worth, because of the two-thirds mandate, it is highly unlikely — based on Tuesday’s vote — that Trump will see the 67 votes it takes to convict.

Here is video of Paul's address to the Senate from Tuesday:


H/T: Washington Examiner