Nearly all of the seven Republican Senators who sided with Democrats by voting to convict former President Donald Trump on Saturday are now facing significant blowback in their home states including facing censure and criticism from within the party.
The Senate on Saturday voted Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on the impeachment charge of incitement of insurrection.
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a motion from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to dismiss the constitutionality of former President Trump’s impeachment trial, but the test vote offered an early preview of how GOP Senator feel about the second impeachment trial as well as the highly unlikely the Senate will have the necessary votes needed to convict Trump.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) announced Monday that he will not seek reelection for a third term in the Senate in 2022, citing “partisan gridlock” as a major factor in his decision to retire.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated that he is “pleased” Democrats are moving forward to impeach President Trump, saying the push will make it “easier to purge” his influence and the movement from the Republican Party, according to a New York Times report.
The Trump campaign on Sunday filed a notice of appeal in Pennsylvania after a federal judge a day before dismissed the legal team attempt to block the Keystone State certification of votes.