Sen. Rand Paul: Trump Impeachment Trial Has ‘Zero’ Chance of Conviction

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that the looming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump has virtually no chance of success.

“If we’re going to criminalize speech, and somehow impeach everybody who says, ‘Go fight to hear your voices heard,’ I mean really we ought to impeach Chuck Schumer then,” Paul told Fox News on Sunday, echoing arguments that he made last month during a procedural vote against holding the trial. Forty-five Republican senators voted against holding the trial, strongly suggesting the former president will not be convicted.

The Senate requires at least 67 votes to convict a president during an impeachment trial, while the House only needs a simple majority. Meanwhile, any GOP senator who joins Democrats in voting to convict will likely face intense blowback from their constituents and local Republican Party chapters. Read more…

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