Meanwhile, six Republican senators crossed the aisle to vote with all 50 Democrats Tuesday to declare the second impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump constitutional.
The 56-44 vote cleared the way for the trial to begin on Wednesday. It also suggests, however, that Dems face an uphill battle to win over the 17 Republicans they’d need to find Trump guilty of incitement to insurrection over the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
So who were the six? Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Sen. Susan Collins of Maine; Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah; Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska; Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Expert counters Democrat claims Trump supporters were behind Jan. 6 protests
“Many of the tactics were straight out of Hong Kong.”
OAN Newsroom – 10 Feb 2021
As House managers lay out their case for impeachment, questions arise about who instigated the protest on January 6. One America’s Jack Posobiec recently sat down with Michael Yon, a war correspondent who has years of experience studying tactics of Antifa and other groups.
Trump attorneys condemn impeachment trial citing free speech protections, lack of due process
“This is nothing less than the political weaponization of the impeachment process, pure raw sport fueled by the misguided idea of party over country when, in fact, both will surely suffer,” said David Schoen as he defended the 45th president on the first day of his impeachment trial. “I can promise you that if these proceedings go forward, everyone will look bad.”
“With this trial, you will open up new and bigger wounds across the nation for a great many Americans see this process for exactly what it is: a chance by a group of partisan politicians seeking to eliminate Donald Trump from the American political scene and seeking to disenfranchise 74 million plus American voters.”
Graham assures Trump of acquittal after rocky start to trial
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of former President Trump’s closest Senate allies, reassured Trump Tuesday evening that he will be acquitted on a charge of inciting an insurrection, even though his lawyers received bad reviews after opening arguments.
How many votes would it take to convict?
Even if the impeachment were legal, it would still stake sixty-seven votes to convict Mr. Trump, meaning at least 17 Republicans would need to join all 50 Democrats. Only a handful of Republicans have indicated they could vote to convict him.
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