GOP largely sides against holding Trump impeachment trial

GOP largely sides against holding Trump impeachment trial
In this image from video, Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro tempore of the Senate, who is presiding over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial at the US Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Source: Senate Television via AP
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Daily US Times: All but five Senate Republicans voted in favor of an effort to dismiss former President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial on Tuesday, making clear a conviction of Mr Trump for “incitement of insurrection” after the deadly Capitol siege on January 6 is unlikely.

While the Republicans did not succeed in ending the impeachment trial before it began, the test vote made clear that Donald Trump still has enormous sway over his party as he becomes the first former president to be tried for impeachment. Many Republicans have criticized Mr Trump’s role in the Capitol attack — before which he told his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat — but most of them have rushed to defend him in the trial.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said after the vote: “I think this was indicative of where a lot of people’s heads are.”

Late Tuesday, the presiding officer at the trial, 80-year-old Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., was taken to the hospital for observation after not feeling well at his office. The senator was examined by the attending physician of Capitol, who recommended he be taken to the hospital out of an abundance of caution, he said. Carle said later Tuesday that Leahy had been sent home “after a thorough examination” and was looking forward to getting back to work.

Leahy presided over the impeachment trial’s first procedural vote, a 55-45 tally that saw the Senate set aside an objection from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul that would have declared the impeachment proceedings unconstitutional and dismissed the trial.

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