Senators Consider Impeachment Alternative

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer insists a Trump impeachment trial will still take place — despite Tuesday’s vote in the Senate showing that the chamber is far short of the 67 votes needed to convict the former president.

“I would simply say to all of my colleagues, make no mistake, there will be a trial,” the top Democrat in the chamber emphasized Wednesday in a speech on the Senate floor. “The evidence against the former president will be presented in living color for the nation and every one of us to see once again and no one will be able to avert their gaze from what Mr. Trump said and did and the consequences of his actions.”

But with only five Republicans joining all 50 Democrats in the Senate on Tuesday in rejecting a push by GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky to declare the trial unconstitutional, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Trump’s second impeachment trial will likely end in acquittal.

And that’s spurring two moderate senators – Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who was one of the five GOP lawmakers to say the trial’s constitutional – to pitch to their colleagues in the chamber an option to censure Trump.

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