Senate votes it is CONSTITUTIONAL to try ex-President Trump, paving way for full impeachment trial

Senate votes it is CONSTITUTIONAL to try ex-President Trump, paving way for full impeachment trial

A simple majority of US Senators have voted to recognize the impending impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump as constitutional. Trump’s legal team insisted the chamber lacks the jurisdiction to try an ex-president.

Six Republicans joined Senate Democrats to give the go-ahead for Trump’s second impeachment trial. Mitt Romney, Bill Cassidy, Ben Sasse, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey broke with the rest of their party to guarantee the trial moves ahead. The task was not daunting since only a simple majority was needed, with the final tally being 56-44.

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