GOP Unifies Against Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

Forty-five Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to support the assertion of Sen. Rand Paul that the trial of an ex-president is unconstitutional and should be dismissed. (Washington Post)

Before the vote, Republican senators met for a private lunch where they heard from Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor who has argued that a former president cannot be tried for impeachment.

The theory has gained traction among Republicans in the 10 days since the House impeached Trump for a second time, giving lawmakers — even those with misgivings over Trump’s conduct surrounding the Jan. 6 riot — a way to sidestep a direct assessment of the former president’s culpability for the violence at the Capitol.