WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans on Tuesday accepted the argument that the former president’s effort is unconstitutional, setting up a procedural escape hatch for lawmakers to acquit former President Donald Trump on charges of inciting a public riot.
Sixty-five Senate Republicans on Tuesday voted to dismiss the test as unconstitutional. The motion was defeated by a vote of 45–55, enabling the trial to proceed. But it indicates that a significant mass is the basis of the trial and underscores the undesirability of the convict getting a two-thirds majority.
For many Republicans, an argument over legality serves as a process-based justification for acquitting the former president. The vote is not necessarily a sign of the end result because some senators who voted to dismiss have not denied a conviction.
This approach could shock senators by jerking off among politically conservative voters who want him to remain loyal to Trump, without defending the virtues of his actions, which would make the US Capitol a deadly mob Caused the storm.
Sen, Rand Paul, R-Q. The motion, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Q., Whose vote is seen as the result.
Paul said before the vote, “If more than 34 Republicans vote against the constitutionality of the proceedings, the whole thing is dead.” “They should probably rest their case and not present any case.”
A minimum of 17 Republicans would be required to receive a conviction. But just five voted to proceed with the trial: Mitt Romney of Censor Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
“Apparently a lot of members, including me, seem to think that a clear reading of the constitution will prevent us from this test as well,” RND general secretary Kevin Kramer told reporters on Tuesday. “My understanding is that a good number of senators will vote against the faith because they believe that we should not do it at all. And that is a fair punishment.”
Sen. Mike Raud, RSD, who went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday to make his case illegal, said Tuesday that there is a growing thinking within the Senate GOP caucus.
The vote came after a Senate Republican from Jonathan Turley, a law professor who served as a GOP witness in the first trial of Trump impeachment, and the then president on allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress Had influenced his decision to be acquitted.
‘This is constitutionally sketched’
Paul said Turley spoke of the ” Brandenburg test ” for the speech, “in reference to the standard set by the Supreme Court for inflammatory speech or violent or unlawful action,” adding that Turley said no chance in hell That you can be convicted in any court in the land of abetting Donald Trump. “
The Nonpartisan Congressional Research Service reported in a January 15 report that “most scholars have examined this question closely, concluding that Congress has the authority to take the process of impeachment to officials who are no longer in office.” . “
Romney, the only Republican to vote to blame Trump last year, said he believed the former president’s attempt was legal.
“The constitutionality of the opinion regarding the constitutionality of the trial of impeachment of a former president is saying that it is a constitutional process. And I am of the opinion,” he told reporters.
Markowski, who called Trump to resign after the Capitol riot, said on Tuesday that his review had “led me to conclude that it is a constitutional one” that a former president would try. “Impeachment is not just about removing a president, it is also a matter of political consequence,” he told reporters.
McConnell’s vote has heavily dominated a caucus he has led for 14 years, with some Republicans privately seeking to politically extricate themselves from Trump and forge a new path. But many are politically wary of a situation that may offend GOP voters.
Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. Has vehemently rejected the argument that a test is unconstitutional, and promised it would go ahead. He has said that if Trump is convicted, there will be a vote to prevent him from assuming office again, as permitted under the Constitution.
Sen. Scott Scott, R-Fla., President of the party’s Senate campaign, said, “I think it’s a waste of time. I don’t think it’s good for the country. I think it’s clear to the country Is not uniting. ” Arm, told NBC News. “And above that, it is constitutionally sketched.”
“I’m not going to support impeachment,” he said.
Some GOP senators, including Cramer, say Trump’s action did not rise to the level of impeachment. Others may calm their objections to the procedural question.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said Monday that Trump “demonstrated poor leadership and assumed some responsibility for the chaos that permeated the heart of our democracy.”
But she said she suspected the lawsuit because “the president is no longer in office,” and that impeachment should not be “a tool for political revenge against a private citizen”.
Julie Tsirkin and Frank Thorpe V has contributed.