Senate GOPers Bash Impeachment Trial By Hammering Into Disputed Legal Claim

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Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress as the second trial of former President Donald Trump nears, including ominous chatter about killing legislators or attacking them outside of the U.S. Capitol, a U.S. official told The Associated Press.

Mr Trump has moved to his golf resort at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, where reportedly members are leaving because it has become a "sad place" since the former president took up residence. "We already have a flaming fire in this country, and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire".

Ten House Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump, a step akin to an indictment in a criminal trial. They hope that strong Republican denunciations of Trump after the January 6 riot will translate into a conviction and a separate vote to bar him from holding office again.

But instead, GOP passions appear to have cooled since the insurrection.

Mr. Romney was the only congressional Republican to vote for an article of impeachment against Mr. Trump for the former president's role in allegedly strong-arming Ukraine into digging up dirt on now-President Biden.

"I think it's a moot point".

"If we start working on an impeachment, which it looks like we're going to end up doing, we've only got a couple of weeks here in which to actually work through and allow this president an opportunity to form a Cabinet", Rounds said. "And history held Richard Nixon quite accountable for what he did as a result".

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It is an announcement that will be announced on that day. "This is a completely independent set of processes ", Morrison said. In 2013, she did single out an individual. "Back in those days we played singles, doubles and mixed and that wasn't easy".

Law enforcement officials are already starting to plan for the possibility of armed protesters returning to the nation's capital when Trump's Senate trial on a charge of inciting a violent insurrection begins the week of February 8. Rounds noted the Senate should be more focused on other matters, such as confirming Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees. Trump advisers also say they plan to recruit opposing primary candidates and commission polling next week in districts of targeted lawmakers.

"And, you know, if we're going to have unity in our country, I think it's important to recognize the need for accountability, for truth and justice", the Utah senator added.

"Everyone wants to put this bad chapter in American history behind us".

A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Friday found that 51% of Americans thought the Senate should convict Trump.

The impeachment vote will be the first indication of the extent of the division within Republican ranks. The Senate is now split 50-50, which means 17 Republicans would have to support conviction.

When the House impeached Trump on January 13, exactly one week after the siege, Sen. On Sunday, Cotton said "the more I talk to other Republican senators, the more they're beginning to line up" behind that argument. "It was most certainly a foreseeable outcome of everything that was going on and I think that's widely understood and maybe even better understood with the perspective of time".

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