Will President Trump be Convicted in a Senate Impeachment Trial?

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Brock Benson | Civil Patriot

“As of noon last Wednesday, Donald Trump holds none of the positions listed in the Constitution. He is a private citizen. The presiding officer is not the chief justice, nor does he claim to be. His presence in the chef justice’s absence demonstrates that this is not a trial of the president, but a private citizen.”
Rand Paul (R-KY)

The House has already impeached him. Again. Now it’s up to the Senate to decide if President Trump will ever hold office again. If they impeach him, as well, then it’s bye-bye D.C. for the man who’s done so much for this country. 

But, will it really happen? What are the chances? 

Yesterday 45 Republican Senators voted against the trial (in a failed effort proposed by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who had hoped to stop the trial from moving forward). They believe it’s unconstitutional. Their argument? You can’t impeach a former President, now-citizen. But the number of men and women voting against the trial gives an indicator of how the trial, itself, would play out. 

The Senate needs a 2/3 majority to convict the President. That means they will need a total of 17 Republicans. The way the numbers are playing out, Democrats will not reach a 2/3 majority unless several more Republicans link arms with them. 

That’s not likely to happen. So far, the only RINOs willing to turn on Trump are Mitt Romney (Utah), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Ben Sasse (Nebraska) and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania). 

As you might recall, Mitt Romney was the lone Republican Senator to vote for Trump’s conviction in the first trial early in 2020. He seems determined to take Trump down.  

Rand Paul believes the trial is a waste of time and will further divide an already-divided country. 

“45 Senators agreed that this sham of a ‘trial’ is unconstitutional,” he said. “That is more than will be needed to acquit and to eventually end this partisan impeachment process. This ‘trial’ is dead on arrival in the Senate.” 

Other Republicans feel it’s a waste of time, too. Even Mitch McConnell—who has never been a fan of Trump’s—voted with Paul to stop the trial from moving forward. 

Many of the 45 who sided with Paul have spoken up: 

“They hate Donald J. Trump and they are engaging in an act that I think is petty retribution and that is vindictive and a waste of time and so I think it’s time to move on.” (Ted Cruz)

“First of all, I think the trial is stupid. I think it’s counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country and it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire. I think the President is entitled to due process. I think he’s entitled to have a defense. I think he’s entitled to be present, you know, for testimony and evidence if necessary and you know the House didn’t have much of a record of witnesses and so forth, because they frankly rammed it through very quickly. The first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I’ll do it because I think it’s really bad for America.” (Marco Rubio)

I find it ironic (and slightly comforting) that both of these men once ran against Trump for the Presidency. This shows me that people who were once competitors can become allies. It gives me hope for America. 

I have to believe the American people will ultimately see this trial for what it is. . .a farce. A sham. May every vindictive, spiteful action come fully into view so that eyes will see and ears will hear. Perhaps, then, we can finally put this ridiculous charade behind us. 

 

 

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