President Trump is gone, and Justice John Roberts, properly noticing the absence of an office holder being impeached, is declining to preside.
Former President Donald Trump is reportedly saying that his threat to start another political party will get GOP senators to acquit him during his upcoming impeachment trial over the D.C. insurrection.
While Rubio said he thinks the former president is responsible for some of the Capitol violence that occurred on January 6, he said hustling to indict Trump is not the best way to approach the situation. "We already have a flaming fire in this country, and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire". Conviction in the Senate could result in a vote to ban him from holding future office.
But instead, GOP passions appear to have cooled since the insurrection.
Republican senators - who will serve as jurors in the trial - are rallying to Trump's legal defense, as they did during his first impeachment trial previous year.
"First of all, I think the trial is stupid".
Former President Donald Trump is not planning to form his own political party, Fox News reported Sunday. On Sunday, the Republican explained he believes the Constitution indicates only current presidents can be impeached.
Law enforcement officials are already starting to plan for the possibility of armed protesters returning to the nation's capital when Trump's Senate trial on a charge of inciting a violent insurrection begins the week of February 8. Leaders in both parties agreed to the short delay to give Trump's team and House prosecutors time to prepare and the Senate the chance to confirm some of Biden's Cabinet nominees.
Democrats' focus on pushing impeachment, Rubio said, is a distraction that is costing the country and damaging the left's narrative on unity.
"We fight like hell and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore", Trump said in existential terms.
"Everyone wants to put this very bad chapter in American history behind us".
An early vote to dismiss the trial probably would not succeed, given that Democrats now control the Senate. The support of at least 17 Senate Republicans would be needed in order to convict him.
Other Republicans argued that the Senate has no authority to put a private citizen - as Trump now is - on trial.
Cotton said that more he talks to other Republican senators, "the more they're beginning to line up behind the position I'm asked a couple weeks ago". "It was most certainly a foreseeable effect of everything that was going on and I think that's widely understood and maybe even better understood with the perspective of time".
Democrats reject that argument, pointing to a 1876 impeachment of a secretary of war who had already resigned and to opinions by many legal scholars. "Who are we to tell voters who they can vote for in the future?"