Senate Votes That Trump's Second Impeachment Trial is Constitutional
On Tuesday, former president Trump's defense team argued that his second impeachment trial should be rejected on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
After hearing four hours of arguments, the Senate voted 56-44 that the Senate had jurisdiction and that Trump's second impeachment trial could proceed. Six Republicans broke party lines and voted with Democrats to proceed with the impeachment.
The former president was impeached on one count of "incitement of an insurrection" for his role in the Capitol Hill riot of Jan. 6.
This is the first time in US history that a non-sitting president has been impeached. It is also the first time that a president has been impeached twice.
Although a few Republicans have broken with party lines in saying that Trump bears some responsibility for the Jan. 6 riot, conviction would require 2/3 of the Senate and is considered highly unlikely.
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