Currently, both the Democrats and the Republicans have 50 members each in the 100-seat Senate. Sixty-seven total Senate votes are need to convict the former president. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to declare the trial unconstitutional.
After Tuesdays vote, Paul declared the "the impeachment trial is dead on arrival".
The Republicans most closely affiliated with Trump argue that the process is unconstitutional, because Trump left office on Wednesday and Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy will preside over the trial, in place of Chief Justice John Roberts. McConnell has previously testified to the legitimacy of the election, even though Trump and his allies have continued to make baseless accusations of widespread voting fraud, something that directly led to the violence at the Capitol.
In successfully seeking his detention until trial, prosecutors said Chansley went into the Capitol carrying a USA flag attached to a wooden pole topped with a spear, ignored an officer's commands to leave, went into the Senate chamber and wrote a threatening note to then-Vice President Mike Pence.
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"The automatic effect of impeachment and trial, if you're convicted, the automatic outcome of it is you're removed from office", says Senator Marco Rubio in a conference with Fox News. Seventeen Republicans would have to join the Senate Democrats to reach the two-thirds supermajority required to impeach Trump - the Tuesday votes clearly indicated that there aren't enough Republican Senators who are willing to partake in it.
"It seems to me there is benefit in looking at an alternative that might be able to garner bipartisan support", Collins said. "Just do the math". With the Covid-19 situation ongoing, and both parties in Congress moving at a snail's pace over the last 8 months in terms of focusing on issues such as opening schools or providing relief to small businesses, the last thing the Biden administration needs is more delays in attempts to deliver on promises made during the campaign. Some are contemplating alternative methods to hold Trump accountable, such as a censure.
Trump on January 27, 2021, looked increasingly likely to dodge conviction on a second impeachment, after almost all senators from his party signalled opposition to his trial, fuelling efforts to instead censure the ex-president over the ransacking of the US Capitol.
Kaine is hoping a censure resolution will have much the same effect as a conviction in stopping Trump from holding future office under the 14th Amendment.
It is clear that the Democrats are out for blood and will not rest, help the country heal, or provide the role model for unity, until they tear down everything that is former President Donald J. Trump.