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Paul’s effort to stop Senate trial on Trump fails, but tally shows GOP won’t supply votes to convict

Senator Rand Paul full remarks

Joseph Curl
Just the News

January 26, 2021

The Senate on Tuesday derailed an effort by Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul to force the chamber to vote on the constitutionality of holding an impeachment trial for former President Trump. But the 55-45 vote tally that stopped the effort was a clear indicator that Senate Republicans support Paul’s constitutional argument and won’t supply enough votes for chamber Democrats to convict Trump. 

The move made good on the libertarian-minded Paul’s promise earlier in the day to force such a vote — and perhaps end the trial before it starts next month.

The five Republicans senators who joined Democrats were Susan Collins, of Maine; Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska; Mitt Romney, of Utah; Ben Sasse, of Nebraska; and Pat Toomey, of Pennsylvania.

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