45 GOP Senators Voted To Dismiss Impeachment Trial

Sen. Rand Paul was essentially asking to dismiss the trial before it even begins.
Posted at 10:12 AM, Jan 27, 2021

Sen. Rand Paul forced a vote related to impeachment yesterday. 

He issued a point of order where he was really arguing against the constitutionality of the trial. And in that point of order he was really asking to dismiss the trial before it even begins. 

"I want the Democrats to raise their hands if they have ever given a speech that says take back. Fight for your country," said Paul. "Who hasn't used the word 'fight' figuratively and are we going to put every politician in jail?" 

It was a 55-45 vote. There were 45 Republicans who voted with Sen. Rand Paul and voted to set the trial aside before it got underway. There were five Republicans who voted with the Democratic caucus.

But that doesn't mean that this 55-45 split is exactly how it would go when it comes time for the end of the trial and the senators vote to either acquit or convict former President Trump. 

As Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a Republican, said yesterday the two votes are completely different things and you can't assume a vote yesterday to support Rand Paul is the equivalent of someone guaranteeing that they will vote to acquit President Trump. 

There are some senators who are making that argument but it's clear that's not consistent across the entire Republican caucus.