Aguilty verdict in Donald Trump‘s trial looks more unlikely after only five GOP senators agreed with Democrats it was constitutional to impeach an ex-president, although polls show most Americans want him to be convicted of inciting the Capitol riots.
Tuesday’s procedural vote, forced by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, to declare as unconstitutional the impeachment trial of an ex-president was defeated 55-45. Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE) Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) crossed party lines.
However, in a chamber tied at 50-50, at least 17 GOP senators will be needed to back Democrats to reach the two-thirds majority required for a conviction. Tuesday’s result indicates how GOP lawmakers might vote when the trial starts on February 9 and shows a conviction is a tall order, despite polling showing most back Trump’s impeachment.