Trump impeachment – Paul said the Senate impeachment trial is “over before it starts”, however, noted that he opposed the “misguided notion of voting to overturn the election either with Congress or the vice president” that Trump pushed.
“Zero chance of conviction. 45 Republicans have said it’s not even a legitimate proceeding, so it’s really over before it starts,” Paul said.
According to Press TV, the Kentucky senator said one of the reasons the trial will fail is the decision of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts not to preside over the impeachment trial in the Senate, which underlines its partisan essence.
“Justice Roberts said heck no, I’m not coming across the street because you’re not impeaching the president,” Paul said. “This was a strong signal to all of us that this was going to be a partisan hearing with a Democrat in the chair, who’s already voted for impeachment.”
Trump is the first president in US history to have been impeached twice, this time for “incitement of insurrection” in the wake of the January attack on the US Capitol by his supporters as Congress was certifying the victory of Joe Biden in the November 3 election.
Paul slammed the whole proceedings as a “partisan farce” meant to further demonize Republicans.
“And to my mind, it’s a partisan farce because they’re not doing anything to Chuck Schumer, not doing anything to Representative Omar, not doing anything to Maxine Waters. It’s just not fair. It’s just partisan politics under a different name.”
Before the Capitol siege, Trump had urged his supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Paul said, “Are we going to impeach, and potentially criminally prosecute people for political speech when they say, ‘Get up and fight for your country, let your voices be heard.’?”
The Kentucky senator called on Democrats to look within their own ranks, saying using the same logic as those who are pushing for the Trump trial, Democratic politicians, like Senate majority Leader Chuck Schumer, should also be prosecuted for “political speech”.
“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,” he said.