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.
Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) explicitly blamed President Trump for the attacks that occurred on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, saying the mob were “fed lied” that were “provoked by the president and other powerful people.”
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.
A protester interrupted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) during the middle of his press conference in New York City Tuesday as he was calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to reconvene the Senate chamber immediately to permit the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump before Inauguration Day.
President Trump criticized Democrat leaders seeking to impeach him for the second time, calling it a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics,” adding that their move is “causing tremendous danger” and “tremendous anger” to our country.