U.S. senators took the oath on Tuesday to be the jurors of Trump’s second impeachment hearing. However, most of the Republican members expressed their support in a vote for declaring the impeachment hearing unconstitutional, reflecting that Trump’s charge of “sedition” is unlikely to be established in the impeachment hearing.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a Republican, moved on Tuesday to declare the impeachment hearing unconstitutional. The motion was rejected by 55 votes against and 45 votes in favor of the motion, which means that the impeachment hearing will be held on the 8th of next month as originally planned.
The U.S. Federal Senate has 100 seats, which requires an absolute majority of at least two-thirds to convict trump at the impeachment hearing. At present, with 50 seats in each of the democratic and Republican parties in the Senate, at least 17 Republicans must defecte before trump can be convicted. Therefore, it is believed that trump has little chance of being convicted in the impeachment hearing.