- U.S. Senator for Kentuck Rand Paul presented a point of order on the constitutionality of the impeachment of Donald Trump
- According to the Republican senator, impeachment means removal from office and if the definition is anything to go by, Trump is no longer in office and as such can't be impeached
- The motion was supported by 55 senators which means Democrats, who are pushing for Trump's second impeachment, have an exhausting task raising the number to 67 which is required to pass a motion of impeachment
- Democrats insist that the process is legal since apart from impeaching Trump, it is seeking to block the former head of state from ever holding a public office
The motion of impeachment against former US president Donald Trump has been described as "dead on arrival" after 45 Republican senators voted against it as unconstitutional on Tuesday, January 26.
U.S. Senator for Kentuck Rand Paul presented before the Senate a motion on the constitutionality of Trump's trial, which he believes is a mistake since the US constitution doesn't have a provision of "impeaching a former president" but a sitting one.
The motion was supported by 55 Senators which included five who broke ranks with their Republican counterparts. Forty-five (45) voted to dismiss the trial of Trump.
Though the motion to try Trump in Senate was supported by 55 senators, it means Democrats have a gruelling task to raise the number to 67 - number of lawmakers required to convict the ex-president.
After the Tuesday vote, Paul described Trump's impeachment as "dead on arrival" and exuded optimism the number was in excess of what is needed to acquit Trump.
"That is more than will be needed to acquit Trump. It will also end this partisan impeachment process. This 'trial' is dead on arrival," Paul wrote on Twitter.
On the other hand, Democrats who are pushing for the second impeachment of Trump by the Senate, insisting that the process is legal since apart from impeaching Trump, it is seeking to block Trump from ever holding a public office.
The former head of state had hinted that he will contest for presidency in 2022.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Donald Trump is now said to be staying at one of his clubs where he plays golf daily as his supporters visit to cheer him on.
Donald Trump left the White House on Wednesday, 20 January and was flown to his home in Florida amid controversies and political tension that trailed the unfortunate attack on the Capitol.
A self-styled hero of the American white supremacists, the former president departed Washington DC thinking he had escaped ridicule and scathing criticism.
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