With 45 senators against it, Rand Paul declares impeachment trial ‘dead on arrival’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) characterized the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump as “dead on arrival” during an appearance on Fox News Primetime Tuesday after 45 senators voted against moving forward with the effort on the grounds that it is wholly unconstitutional, as Breitbart reported.

Senate Democrats still have enough votes to proceed with the trial, but it is now all but clear that they don’t have the 67 votes — including 17 from Republicans — needed to convict Trump.

“We put forward a motion that said that basically, you can’t impeach a private individual,” Paul explained Tuesday, according to Breitbart. “You can impeach a president, but this is why the chief justice didn’t show up. If it was the president, the chief justice shows up. The fact that the chief justice wouldn’t come and refused to come means that this is a private citizen, but the Constitution doesn’t allow for [the] impeachment of a private citizen.

“So we put this issue forward, but the most important takeaway from the issue is they don’t have the votes to convict. We have 45 people, 45 Republican senators say that the whole — the whole charade is unconstitutional,” the senator said. “The trial is dead on arrival.”

“A partisan game”

With his comments about the chief justice, Paul was referring to the appointment of Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) to preside over the trial, rather than John Roberts, the top judge on the Supreme Court who would have been required to preside if Trump were still president.

According to NPR, Leahy has pledged to be impartial in overseeing the proceedings in the upper chamber, even though he voted to convict Trump in the first impeachment trial held last year. (The then-president was ultimately acquitted, as the BBC notes.)

Notably, Leahy will get to both preside over the trial and vote as a juror, a process that normal for non-presidential impeachments, which this now is.

Paul, for his part, made it clear Tuesday that for Democrats, this impeachment effort is more about grandstanding and revenge than it is about holding Trump to account for supposed falsehoods about voter fraud in the election and “inciting” people to riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

“They will try to punish Republicans. But that’s all this has ever been about. Not justice. It’s about a partisan game, where they don’t want the election to be over,” Paul said, as Breitbart reported.

A look ahead

But just as the previous impeachment failed to make a solid case against Trump and led to more support for him in the end, this trial could be bad for Democrats if Trump’s lawyers are able to make a strong case that the charges against him are baseless.

In fact, scholars have argued that Trump’s actions don’t meet the legal standards for an incitement charge — and giving the now-former president a chance to defend himself would also give him a national platform to present his long-standing claims of voter fraud, which Dems have unequivocally dismissed.

It could all make for a very interesting month ahead.

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  1. More proof of democrat fraud last election. Look at the faces of biden’s cabinet and recent actions scuttling American jobs, etc…. all faces of evil…the rapture of Revelation is here….

    1. Exactly. What’s NOT dead on arrival is the demand to Impeach Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. #NotMyPresident #NeverBiden #NeverKamala

    2. Yes, the Bible does say, “Ye shall know them by their (ugly) countenance”. One can also feel a very negative energy coming from their body aura when you meet them in the street. This is NOT the spirit of Christ! And Biden talks about “unity”? It is physically impossible to unite with such negativity.

  2. Good thing that Mr. Paul has read the Constitution………….The DEMS/RINOS have never known what was in the Constitution………

    1. No they do not all tho it’s always a pretense when they try to use the constitution to dignify their evil it’s only the Demrats constitution.

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  4. Rand Paul is a patriot, showing the facts of a stolen election via fraud. The perpetrators need to be prosecuted as traitors to the American election system.

    1. “Impeachment: a charge of misconduct made against the holder of a public office.” Unless Trump has been magically reinstated, he is NOT a holder of a public office. Unless I’m mistaken, you cannot impeach him for that reason; however, a punishment for an impeachable crime is removal from office. For all those who would like him publicly hung, drawn and quartered, HE ISN’T IN OFFICE.
      Now whatchu gonna do?

      I’m no lawyer, but it’d seem to me that this whole mess is nothing but an effort to continue ‘get backs’ against a man who didn’t get re-elected. Sue him if you will (pure hatred IMHO, but lots of that is being spewed about) — but get off the impeach stuff.

      The result of the last election is that he is NOT in public office. It’d seem to me that this whole mess is nothing but a HUGE effort to continue ‘get backs’. If you hate him that much, eat your hearts out, but at this point it would seem that he’s not impeachable. To quote my dear old Dad, many Americans are “Getting their bowels in an uproar over nothing”.

  5. Just the Democrats on another witch hunt out to get Trump, doesn’t matter how. You would think they learned their lesson the first time around.
    Apparently they are still out for blood.
    So much for unity and healing for the people. Democrats are a disgrace to
    American politics.

  6. China Biden and the Communist Party have already basically banned women from competing in women’s sports.
    Forcing women’s sports to allow Transgender to destroy women’s sports.
    What they should have done is create a Transgender division of sports and let them compete with their Trans identity partners.
    China Biden continues to destroy with Communist tyranny!!

  7. If the democRATS have their way we’ll be saying welcome To Nazi Germany instead of the USA. Every day they try to cut more of our rights away. I just read where they are now going to keep out all press people that will tell the truth. They call it keeping the MEGA people out

  8. Joe Biden has seized power like a Dictator through election fraud. Thus, he’s got no legitimacy in the eyes of 75 MILLION Americans. There’s NO “consent of the governed” for any of the job destroying policies or attacks on freedom of speech, or forcing our families & businesses to depend on high priced foreign oil. Biden’s mob of psychotic leftists are a runaway train barreling off the tracks.
    Already buyers’ remorse is setting in. In the first week of his power grab, Biden has already killed 100,000 to 120,000 jobs. While it’s true voters should NEVER have trusted Joe Biden, it’s also true that Biden looked voters in the eye and LIED outright to their faces. Joe Biden’s failure will crash the U.S economy. Whoever’s left of his FAKE voters will quickly seek alternatives “anything but Biden.”

  9. Isn’t it amazing the idiots whom elected Biden are now so surprised at what he is doing to this country?!? He proved himself disqualified over and over on national T.V., but where were these pathetic people when he was showing himself to be way beyond senility?? For God’s sake, didn’t they realize he was just the puppet for the real, evil doers to take over once they won the illegal presidential race?!? What is it going to take for the HEAD IN SAND dimwits to wake up or is it to late to hope they will finally com to their senses and try to undo what they so willing did to our country?!?

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  11. If the Democrats and poor, old, ignorant Pelosi, could work for the American people as hard as they have to destroy Trump, our nation could be on top. They can talk the talk, but, they CERTAINLY can not walk the walk. It’s funny, the American people know they can’t Impeach a private citizen, but our politicians are uneducated enough to our Constitution to understand that. Why are they holding office and making decisions for us? We’ve got to get those politicians removed or re-educated to the Constitution Of the United States. They also need to STOP trying to re-write the Constitution or bend the meaning of it. It was put in place to prevent Politicians from doing what they are right now doing, destroying it.

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