U.S. Senator Rand Paul filed a motion on the 26th to ask the senator to vote on whether “impeaching Trump is unconstitutional”. Judging from the voting results, most Republican senators believe that impeaching former President Trump is contrary to the U.S. Constitution.
According to The Hill, according to the voting results, 55 members of the Senate believe that the impeachment of Trump is constitutional, including all 50 Democrats and 5 Republicans.
The remaining 45 Republican lawmakers all thought impeaching Trump unconstitutional. The analysis points out that the vote may send a strong signal that it will be difficult to convict Trump when the Senate formally hears the impeachment case in early February.
It is reported that because a two-thirds majority of the Senate is needed to convict Trump, Democrats need the support of at least 17 Republican senators.
But some Republican senators pointed out that the vote and the Trump impeachment case officially heard in early February are “a completely different problem”.
Although this vote believes that impeaching Trump is unconstitutional, this does not mean that they will not support the conviction of Trump at the formal hearing.
According to CNN analysis, due to the limited provisions of the Constitution on “impeachment” and the differences among legal experts on the Senate’s ability to convict the former president, the vote can show the senator’s position on whether the impeachment of the former president is unconstitutional.
According to previous reports, on January 13, the House of Representatives voted to pass the impeachment clause against Trump, accusing Trump of “inciting” supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol and causing riots.
Trump became the first president in American history to be impeached twice.
According to the agreement between Democrats and Republicans, the Senate will start the Trump impeachment trial in the week of February 8.
Once impeachment is confirmed to be successful, Trump will not only not be able to run for President of the United States again in 2024, but also lose all the privileges of being a former president.