As the House prepares to bring the impeachment charge against Donald Trump to the Senate for impeachment, a growing number of Republican senators say they oppose the procedure, lessening the chances that the former president will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol.
House Democrats will carry the only charge of “inciting insurrection” in the entire Capitol this Monday night, a rare and ceremonial walk to the Senate by prosecutors who will defend their case. They hope that Trump’s strong Republican claims after the Jan. 6 riots will translate into a separate conviction and vote.
The Republican Party’s passions seem to have cooled since the insurrection. Now that Trump’s presidency is over, Republican senators who will serve as jurors in the trial are joining his legal defense, as they did during his first impeachment trial last year. “I think the trial is stupid, I think it’s counterproductive,” said Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. He added that “the first chance I have to vote to end this trial, I will,” because he believes it would be bad for the country and further inflame partisan divisions.
Trump is the former president’s guide in facing two political trials, and he will test his control over the Republican Party, as well as the legacy of his term, which ended when a crowd of loyal supporters heard his cry of protest as he stormed the Capitol and tried to overturn the election of Joe Biden. The proceedings will also force the Democrats, who have broad party control over the White House and Congress, to balance their prom