Senate votes 56-44 that impeachment trial is constitutional, will proceed Wednesday

by Peter Heck · Feb 9th, 2021 7:25 pm

Last Updated Feb 11th, 2021 at 12:01 am

After two hours of debate, the U.S. Senate voted 56-44 to continue the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The vote was held to gauge the constitutionality of the trial itself, and six Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in saying that the case passes that test despite Trump being out of office.

In making their case for impeachment, House Democrats displayed a montage of video clips from the riots at the Capitol building. They also brought up the 1876 impeachment of Secretary of War William W. Belknap. Belknap resigned in the midst of a scandal, but the House of Representatives still impeached him. Belknap was later acquitted in the Senate.

The six Republicans who voted to allow the trial to continue were Bill Cassidy (Louisiana), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Nebraska), and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania).

The trial is now set to continue Wednesday at noon.


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