Daily US Times: As the House of Representatives prepares to bring the impeachment charge against former president Donald Trump to the Senate for trial, a growing number of senators of the Republican Party say they are opposed to the proceeding, dimming the chances that former president will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the US Capitol.
House Democrats will carry the sole impeachment charge of “incitement of insurrection” across the Capitol late Monday evening, a rare and ceremonial walk to the Senate by the prosecutors who will argue their case. They are hoping that strong Republican denunciations of Donald Trump after the January 6 riot will translate into a conviction and a separate vote to bar Trump from holding public office again.
But instead, passions of the Republican leaders appear to have cooled since the insurrection. Now that Trump’s presidency is over, Republican senators are rallying to his legal defense, as they did during his first impeachment trial last year.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. said: “I think the trial is stupid, I think it’s counterproductive.”
Donald Trump is the first president to face impeachment trial after leaving office, and it will test his grip on the Republican Party as well as the legacy of his time in the White House, which came to a close as a violent pro-Trump mob heeded his rally cry by storming the Capitol and trying to overturn Joe Biden’s election.