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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Sen. Toomey votes in favor of Trump impeachment trial

Posted by M. C. on January 28, 2021

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Sen. Toomey votes in favor of Trump impeachment trial

Candy Woodall Pennsylvania Capitol Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK

Sen. Pat Toomey, a Lehigh Valley Republican, voted against his party in favor of proceeding with former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.

Toomey, who previously announced he is not seeking reelection, on Tuesday was one of five U.S. Senate Republicans who did not vote for a procedural effort to dismiss the trial.

In a statement, the senator said he is following the Constitution.

“There are legal and constitutional arguments both favoring and opposing an impeachment trial of a former president,” Toomey said.

“In my view, the text and context of the Constitution, the meaning of the term ‘impeachment’ to the founders, and the most relevant precedents indicate that it is constitutionally permissible for the Senate to consider the impeachment of President Trump.”

Toomey said he will consider all arguments when Trump’s impeachment trial begins Feb. 9.

The U.S. House charged Trump with one count of incitement of insurrection for the riot at the U.S Capitol. The House impeached him on Jan. 13, a week after the deadly insurrection in which five people died.

Trump is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

A conviction would require the support of all Democrats and 17 Republicans, or two-thirds of the Senate — far from the five Republicans who voted with Democrats Tuesday to allow the trial to proceed.

The other Republicans voting to hold the trial were Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

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