January 26th, local time, 100 senators of the U.S. Senate swore in to form a jury and officially took over the impeachment case accusing former President Trump of “sedition”.
Subsequently, Republican Senator Rand Paul filed a motion for a whole house vote to lift the impeachment on the grounds that Trump had left office and the Senate heard the impeachment case unconstitutionally at this time, but it was not passed.
According to the vote, 50 Democrats and 5 Republicans thought that it was unconstitutional for the Senate to hear Trump’s impeachment at this time, and the remaining 45 Republicans, including Senate Republican Leader McConnell, held opposing views.
According to analysis by the U.S. media, the result of this vote shows that the Senate may not have enough votes to finally convict Trump.
In accordance with the previous agreement between the Democratic and Republican parties, the formal hearing, including the statements of the prosecution and the defense, will begin as soon as the week of February 8.