The Senate on Tuesday voted 56 to 44 to move ahead with Trump’s impeachment trial, dismissing the arguments of the former president’s legal team that the proceedings are unconstitutional.
Most Republicans stood with Trump and his attorneys, who contended that the Senate cannot convict a person who is no longer in office.
The vote was similar to last month’s key test vote on the same issue. A handful of Republicans joined Democrats in voting to proceed; Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who last time voted “no,” instead joined the Democrats on Tuesday.
The House impeachment managers, in pressing for the trial to proceed, said Trump had a role in inciting the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and should be held accountable. Opening arguments in the trial are set to begin Wednesday.