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The Hill is reporting that 45 of 50 Republicans in the US Senate voted in favor of a motion made by Sen. Rand Paul contending that the proposed impeachment trial of former President Trump is unconstitutional. Story here. All 50 Senate Democrats voted against the motion.
The five dissenting Republicans are:
- Mitt Romney (UT)
- Ben Sasse (NE)
- Susan Collins (ME)
- Lisa Murkowski (AK)
- Pat Toomey (PA)
This is a very strong indication that there are insufficient votes in the Senate to convict the former President.
Note that the vote on this issue does not indicate that the five Senators listed above will necessarily vote to convict, if the Senate leadership proceeds with the trial.Published in