Republicans Unlikely to Convict Trump in Impeachment Trial

Republicans Unlikely to Convict Trump in Impeachment Trial

( – The Democrats’ vengeful attempts to impeach President Trump are looking more and more likely to fail. Trump’s second impeachment trial is set to begin the week of February 8 – but the Senate almost voted against holding it at all, and the chances of a conviction are melting away fast.

On January 26, the House’s article of impeachment against President Trump was formally delivered to the Senate, and immediately almost died in a procedural vote. Just five GOP senators voted to allow the trial to go ahead – and that makes it very unlikely that, when the actual vote comes around, the Democrats will get the 17 Republican turncoats they need to convict.

While there’s been speculation that enough Republicans could turn on Trump to find him guilty, barring him from running for public office again, it’s now looking like his party will mostly close ranks behind him one more time. Some who are wavering may be motivated by the electoral oblivion they know will follow if they anger Trump’s many loyal voters; others have more principled reasons. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) says it’s “strange” that the Senate is using its time to convict a man who already finished out his term.

Rand Paul (R-KY) objects to the Senate holding a trial of a private citizen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) simply called the trial “stupid.” The liberal media are playing up the fact that Trump will be the first president to be impeached twice, but it’s looking like he’s also going to be the first president to be exonerated twice. Will they say as much about that?

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