WATCH: 45 Republicans Vote Against Proceeding with Senate Impeachment Trial of Former President Trump
By Fox News // January 26, 2021
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(FOX NEWS) – Senators were sworn in as jurors to President Trump’s impeachment trial Tuesday as the Senate voted 55-45 to end debate on Sen. Rand Paul’s point of order arguing that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional now that Trump is out of office.
Five GOP senators voted not to dismiss the impeachment trial of President Trump: Susan Collins, Maine; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; Ben Sasse, Neb.; and Pat Toomey, Pa. They voted with all 50 Democrat senators to table the point of order.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has indicated he has an open mind on whether Trump should be convicted, voted against ending debate.
Paul, R-Ky., had told reporters earlier that he would make a point of order alleging that the trial is contrary to the Constitution — an argument that multiple Republican senators have made.
That forced a vote on the point of order, requiring senators to go on the record about whether they believe the trial is constitutional.
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