Senate votes former President Donald Trump impeachment trial is constitutional, will move forward
Six Republican Senators Support Impeachment Of Former President
Most members of the US Senate on Tuesday voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, agreeing with the Democrats’ argument that impeachment of a president, who is no longer in office and is a private person, is allowed by the US Constitution..
Trump’s attorneys have argued that the Senate has no legal authority to prosecute the former president’s impeachment case.
House Democrats impeached Donald Trump a few days before he officially stepped down from office on January 20. Trump accused of inciting rebellion.
After four hours of debate, during which both sides presented their arguments, the question of the constitutionality of the impeachment process of the outgoing president was put to a vote in the Senate.. A simple majority was required to proceed with the process. As a result, 56 senators recognized the constitutionality of impeachment, 44 Republican senators did not agree with this statement..
Six GOP Senate representatives supported the impeachment – Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey, CNN reports..
Immediately after that vote, today’s session in the Senate ended. Senators will meet again to continue the impeachment process on Wednesday at 12 noon.
House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team have up to 16 hours of speaking time over two days.
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