Trump Impeachment: Boosted by Republicans, Senate says trial constitutional, to go ahead

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The impeachment trial of the immediate past President of the United States, Donald Trump, will go on after the Senate, including 6 Republican senators and 50 Democrats voted to proceed with the trial, terming it as “constitutional”

Trump is accused of inciting his supporters ahead of a deadly riot at the US Capitol on 6 January, 2021 after failing to accept an electoral loss to Joe Biden.

Seventeen Republicans will need to turn against their former president to convict him, a rarity at the moment.

Trump’s defence lawyers argued it was unconstitutional to put a private citizen through an impeachment process, saying Democrats are acting out of spite because they want to remove a political rival.

The Republican senators who voted in favour of starting the trial of Trump include Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mitt Romney of Utah.

Bill Cassidy had previously voted to dismiss the trial but says the House prosecutors made “very good arguments”, noting he’d always planned to approach the trial “with an open mind” and as an “impartial juror”.

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