BREAKING: Senate defeats Rand Paul bid to drop Trump impeachment trial

BREAKING: Senate defeats Rand Paul bid to drop Trump impeachment trial
Coffee-free zone. ABC News video

[Ed. – The list you really want: Collins, Romney, Murkowski, Sasse, and Toomey voted with the Democrats to yield the 55-45 vote.  The GOP vote on this question seems to indicate the Senate won’t be able to “convict,” which requires 67 votes.  Sen. Leahy, proposed as the presiding officer for the trial, was taken to the hospital with an ailment.]

All but five Senate Republicans voted in favor of an effort to dismiss Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial on Tuesday, making 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. …

Late Tuesday, the presiding officer at the trial, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., was taken to the hospital for observation after not feeling well at his office, spokesman David Carle said in a statement. The 80-year-old senator was examined by the Capitol’s attending physician, who recommended he be taken to the hospital out of an abundance of caution, he said.

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