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The US Senate voted 56-44 to continue with the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. The vote, which was on the technical issue of whether it was constitutional to impeach Trump after he left office, saw 6 Republicans join all 50 Democrats in voting to continue the trial. This was one more than the five Republicans who previously voted for a continuation of the trial, with Rob Portman joining the ranks of Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey.However, since impeachment requires a two thirds majority – 67 votes – it still seems extremely unlikely Trump will be convicted.
With no impeachment looking fairly certain from the get go, Democrats seem to be settling for the next best thing – using the impeachment trial as a club to further batter Trump’s reputation.