The House is preparing to bring their impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump to the Senate Monday. The next step would be the second impeachment trial against Trump being scheduled. But as Congress goes through the motions of determining Trump’s guilt or innocence of his charge of “incitement of insurrection” the question that matters is how much support is there to convict him in the Senate. Not enough most likely. “I think the trial is stupid, I think it’s counterproductive,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. said.
He added “the first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I’ll do it.”
Trump is the first President to be impeached twice, and he is also the first former president to face an impeachment trial. The Senate has decided to not rush the trial, in order to allow for more evidence to come out about the rioting that took place at the Capitol on January 6, and Trump’s team can use the delay to further prepare for their defense.
Arguments will being the week of Feb. 8, and it appears many Republicans are much more concerned about working on the business facing them with the Joe Biden presidency, as opposed to convicting a president who is long gone. “I think a lot of Americans are going to think it’s strange that the Senate is spending its time trying to convict and remove from office a man who left office a week ago,” Sen. Tom Cotton, Ark., said.
Mitt Romney of Utah was the lone Republican Senator to vote for Trump’s conviction in his previous impeachment trail, and he’ll probably be one of the few Republicans voting the same way this time. “I believe that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense,” Romney said. “If not, what is?”
It would probably take 17 Republicans to cast a guilty vote in order to convict Trump, and it doesn’t appear they have anything near that.