US Senate Rand Paul declared former President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial “dead on arrival” on Tuesday, when 45 Senate Republicans voted against halting the proceedings, deeming it unconstitutional.
Rand, a Kentucky Republican, called for a procedural vote regarding conducting the trial, claiming that the Senate should not address an article of impeachment against Trump by the House this month because Trump is now out of office.
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If a trial were to proceed, Trump would become the first former president to face impeachment trial.
In Paul’s view, 45 Republican votes against conducting the trial proved his point – and presumably muted any subsequent trial.
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“If you voted that it is unconstitutional, how in the world would you ever vote to convict someone for it?” Paul told reporters after the vote, according to Politico. “This vote indicates that it is over. The trial is all over.”
Paul said in a Twitter message that the vote showed the House’s impeachment case – accusing Trump of “instigating a rebellion” in connection with the January 6 riots in the Capitol – was “dead on arrival.”
Tuesday night, during an appearance on “Fox News Primetime” with Maria Bartiromo, “Paul addressed what he saw as a double standard by Democrats.”
“One of Bernie Sanders’s supporters came to the ballfield, almost killed Steve Scalise … but no one talked about bringing impeachment on Bernie Sanders. Maxine Waters has said, ‘Get up in his face’.” – So what is a Cory Booker? ‘Crowd, we want you to deposit them in the restaurant and create havoc.’ It sounds like an incitement to violence but nobody talked about impeachment of Maxine Waters, nobody Not to talk about Bernie Sanders or Corey Booker asking ‘Get up in their face’.
“So this is an important hypocrisy and double standard that they are putting forward and they should be called out on it. Nobody should be ashamed to tell them about their hypocrisy.”
The only five GOP senators who supported Trump on Trump were longtime critics of Trump – Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania and Mitt Romney of Utah. He voted in the 55–45 tally with 50 Democrats.
In a floor mark ahead of the vote, Paul also claimed that the Supreme Court’s absence of the Chief Justice also made the Senate impeachment test unconstitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts said he would not preside over the trial because Trump was no longer president.
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“Impeachment is for removal from office and the accused here has already stepped down,” Paul argued before the procedural vote. “Hyper-partisan Democrats are about to drag our great nation into the gutter of rankers and vitriol, which has never been seen in our country’s history.”
He also claimed that a Senate impeachment trial would be a “retaliation for unity” in a nation that calls for therapy after years of partial partition.
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Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, DNY, argued that Paul’s assessment of the situation was “flat-out inaccurate,” claiming that it was already “completely rejected by constitutional scholars across the political spectrum Was done. ” Schumer said that Article 3 of Article 1 of the Constitution states that officers can be barred from holding office at any time by impeachment.
The House voted on 13 January to impeach Trump, a day after rioters stormed the Capitol, the day Congress was gathering to authenticate Democratic Joe Biden’s December 14 Electoral College victory. Voting was delayed, but resumed later that night, when the miscreants were removed from the Capitol.
Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this story.