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GOP Largely Sides Against Holding Trump Impeachment Trial

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In this image from video, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro tempore of the Senate, who is presiding over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)

(AP) — All but five Senate Republicans have voted in favor of an effort to dismiss Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial. The vote on Tuesday made clear a conviction of the former president for “incitement of insurrection” after the deadly Capitol siege on Jan. 6 is unlikely.

While the Republicans did not succeed in ending the trial before it began, the test vote made clear that Trump still has enormous sway over his party as he becomes the first former president to be tried for impeachment.

A two-thirds vote would be required for Trump’s conviction. Arguments in the trial begin the week of Feb. 8.

 

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