This Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Senate received the articles from the House of Representatives and held the vote to move forward with the second impeachment against former President Donald Trump. The final vote was 55 senators in favor and 45 against.
The 5 Republicans who voted in favor were Mitchel McConnell, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey who had already announced their position in favor of impeachment.
The trial is scheduled for Feb. 8.
The Democrats accuse the former president of “inciting insurrection” alleging that the words spoken by Trump during his speech in front of the Capitol, provoked protesters to violently break into the congressional precinct.
Never in history has an impeachment trial of a non-incumbent president taken place.
According to Fox News, Article 1 Section 3 of the Constitution reads: “Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States,” a clear indication that the purpose of impeachment is to remove the president from office so that he cannot be re-elected.
At the same time, the chief justice of the Supreme Court who is to preside over the impeachment, refused to participate and instead the Democrats elected their own president … another Democrat.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) raised a point of order to argue why the trial should not proceed and made an extended criticism of the hypocrisy of Democrats who have repeatedly called for violence against President Trump and his supporters.
“Hyper-partisan Democrats are about to drag our great country down into the gutter of rancor and vitriol the likes of which has never been seen in our nation’s history,” Paul said.
The Republican debunked the arguments by which they are trying to prevent Trump from running for office in the future.
“This sham of an impeachment will ostensibly ask whether the president incited the reprehensible behavior and violence of January 6 when he said, “I know everyone here will soon march to the Capitol to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
He added, “‘Peacefully and patriotically.’ Hardly words of violence.”
Paul listed Maxine Waters, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and others who throughout the four years of Trump’s administration publicly called for different types of violence against the president and his supporters and asked if Republicans should call for impeachment for all of them.
“Shame. Shame on these angry, unhinged partisans who are putting forth this sham impeachment, deranged by their hatred of the former president. Shame on those who seek blame and revenge, and who choose to pervert a constitutional process while doing so,” Paul unloaded.
With many similarities to the previous impeachment against President Trump, the Democrats lack concrete evidence, and their grounds is an interpretation of what impeachment means under the Constitution.
For impeachment to succeed, 67 votes in favor is needed which is two-thirds of the senators.
If today’s vote is repeated, the impeachment is destined to fail.