On Tuesday, the Senate impeachment trial for President Trump began. Despite remarks from Trump’s defense team, the U.S. Senate ultimately determined that putting a former president on trial is not outside the bounds of constitutional merit. Hence, the Senate trial proceeded.
Many Republicans have criticized the impeachment trial. Aside from questioning its constitutional basis, the GOP maintains that Democrats are more concerned with going after the 45th president than on acting on behalf of the American people.
Trump, according to reports, is anticipating that his trial in the Senate will ultimately result in an acquittal. Hence, the 45th president is poised and ready for both this acquittal and a comeback in politics.
The likely Senate acquittal
In order for Trump to face conviction in his impeachment trial, 67 senators would have to vote in favor of it. Since Democrats hold merely 50 Senate seats, they would require at least 17 Republicans to also vote for Trump’s conviction.
Up to 45 GOP senators have already come out against impeachment, stating that it’s unconstitutional. Rand Paul, a Kentucky GOP senator, also explained that impeachment is “dead on arrival” and that there simply aren’t enough votes to convict Trump.