The ongoing Trump’s impeachment trial has been voted as constitutional by the majority of the U.S Senators, who also favoured the conviction of the immediate past President of the United States.
According to the reports by CNN, Trump’s impeachment trial which began at the Senate on Tuesday, saw six Republicans joining their Democrats colleagues to vote that the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump is constitutional, with Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy emerging as the sole Republican to switch his vote after an initial vote on constitutionality last month.
Trump who has been impeached for the second time by the House, which is a historic first, was charged with inciting an insurrection against the United States, and that is what the Senators are looking at in order to convict him and permanently bar him from a rumoured 2024 Presidential bid, and from public office.
The Trump’s impeachment trial at the Senate saw a 56-44 final vote marked the closing chapter of Tuesday’s proceedings, with the Senate adjourned until noon on Wednesday. All but six Republican senators voted that the trial was unconstitutional because Trump is no longer president. It was the second time such a vote was taken after Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, forced a vote on the same question last month.
Here’s which Republican senators voted that the impeachment trial was consistent with the Constitution:
- Sen. Susan Collins of Maine
- Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
- Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah
- Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska
- Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
To secure the necessary two-thirds majority to convict Trump, 17 Republicans would need to back it, an outcome considered unlikely.
The poll results indicate the Republican base continues to back the former president and would take umbrage at GOP senators voting for conviction, with 71 per cent saying they would view a vote for impeachment or conviction as an act of disloyalty.