Sen. Rand Paul

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After the symbolic vote of democrats walking to the senate to deliver the articles of impeachment yesterday, Today we witnessed the symbolic moves of republicans to show their loyalty to Trump. 45 Republicans today voted against the impeachment trial in senate. However, there were 5 republicans who chose to side with democrats. 

The Senate tabled an effort by Sen. Rand Paul Tuesday to force a vote on the constitutionality of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, but the vote offered an indicator for how Republican senators -- who overwhelmingly voted for Paul's measure -- feel about the trial.

Paul's motion was killed on a 55-45 vote, with five Republicans joining all Democrats, meaning 45 Republicans voted for Paul's effort. Republican Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania crossed party lines to vote with Democrats.

Senators were sworn in as jurors to President Trump’s impeachment trial Tuesday as the Senate voted 55-45 to end debate on Sen. Rand Paul’s point of order arguing that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional now that Trump is out of office. 

Five GOP senators voted not to dismiss the impeachment trial of President Trump: Susan Collins, Maine, Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, Ben Sasse, Neb., and Pat Toomey, Pa., and Mitt Romney, Utah. They voted with all 50 Democrat senators to table the point of order. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has indicated he has an open mind on whether Trump should be convicted, voted against ending debate.

Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul made a point of order Tuesday afternoon to dismiss the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump because it's unconstitutional, a move which forced fellow Republicans to vote on whether to stop the proceedings before they even begin.

The Tuesday vote showed only 5 GOP senators aligned themselves with Democrats in support of continuing with a trial, making it difficult to believe Democrats will obtain the 17 needed to convict Trump. Paul took the Senate floor Tuesday to write off the entire trial which will decide Trump's guilt in inciting the January 6 Capitol riots. Paul forced a procedural vote which seeks to prove that two-thirds of the Senate won't convict the former president with or without a trial. Paul's move forced the Republican senators to immediately display their true feelings on whether they were even open to convicting the former president. As the test vote showed, 45 Republicans went on record saying they don't view the trial as constitutional, effectively removing almost any doubt that a two-thirds majority will convict.

Forty-five senators voted on Tuesday with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), raising constitutional concerns over the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

Forty-five senators voted with Paul’s motion to raise the question of whether it is constitutional to impeach Trump after he left office. This means that likely five Republicans voted with Democrats on the question of whether it is constitutional to impeach a former president.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) voted with Paul on the motion that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional.

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