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The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is beginning with a deep divide among senators. Nearly all Republicans believe it is unconstitutional to try an ex-president. All Democrats disagree. Democrats point to a majority of law professors who agree with them — no surprise there — while some conservative scholars and jurists support the Republican position that a Senate trial is not permitted by the Constitution. The bottom line: The conservatives are right. Here are five reasons to support their position, plus a look at the strongest argument on the other side.
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