Given the preliminary vote on Sen. Rand Paul’s constitutional challenge to the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate yesterday, there is no chance that former President Donald Trump will be convicted on the U.S. House of Representative’s impeachment charging him with Incitement of Insurrection. Significantly, that means Trump will be free to run for president again in 2024.
“Senators were sworn in Tuesday as jurors in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump and then immediately took a test vote that signaled an acquittal,” according to The Washington Times.
“Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, raised a constitutional challenge to the trial. He argued that the founding document does not envision a trial for a president who is no longer in office.
“He lost a test vote, 55-45, but those 45 pro-Trump votes would be more than enough to acquit the former president. A conviction would require votes from 67 senators. [emphasis added]
“’It’s one of the few times in Washington where a loss is actually a victory,’ Mr. Paul said. ‘Forty-five votes means the impeachment trial is dead on arrival.’ [emphasis added]
“Some Republicans left open the possibility of convicting Mr. Trump. Mr. Paul said Tuesday’s vote was about hearing arguments, not about the outcome of the trial, but the overwhelming sense within the Republican Party is that the trial will fail.” [emphasis added]
For more on this important story, please go to The Washington Times.
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