The 56-44 final vote marked the final chapter of Tuesday’s proceedings, with the Senate adjourned until noon Wednesday. All but six Republican senators voted that the trial was unconstitutional because Trump was no longer president. This is the second time such a vote has taken place after Republican Senator Rand Kentucky forced a vote on the same issue last month.
Republican senators voted that the prosecution procedure is in line with the Constitution as follows:
“The housekeepers were concentrated, they were organized,” and “they made a convincing argument,” Cassidy said after the vote. In contrast, he added, “President Trump’s team was messy. They did everything they could just to talk about the issue in question, and when they talked about it, they somehow slipped through, almost as if to embarrass their arguments.”
Several Republican senators found the arguments put forward by Trump’s legal team weak. Murkowski said he was “very shocked by the first lawyer to run for former President Trump,” lawyer Bruce Castor.
“I couldn’t figure out where he was going, I spent 45 minutes somewhere, but I don’t think the constitutionality of that would have helped us better understand where it came from,” he added. “And I felt that (co-lawyer Trump, David) Schoen … did a better job, but I think they must have missed the opportunity with their first, first lawyer there.”
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn told reporters bluntly, “I thought the president’s lawyer, the first lawyer, just went on and on and didn’t really deal with the constitutional argument – eventually the second lawyer turned to him and I thought he did an effective job. “He quickly added, ‘But I saw a lot of lawyers and a lot of arguments, and it wasn’t one of the best I’ve seen.’
Trump was unhappy with Castor’s opening debate on the Senate floor, according to two people who know his reaction. Trump almost screamed when Castor made winding arguments that fought to get the center of his defense team’s argument, which is supposed to take over constitutionality when negotiating with an out-of-office president.
According to two people familiar with the plan, Schoen, who spoke a second time, first introduced Castor, not Castor.
Paul’s motion was killed in 55-45 votes, with five Republicans joining all Democrats, meaning 45 Republicans voted for Paul’s effort. Romney, Sasse, Collins, Murkowski and Toomey crossed party lines and joined the Democrats in this vote.
We’ve updated this story with more details.
CNN’s Kristin Wilson, Jeremy Herb, Lauren Fox, Clare Foran, Ted Barrett, Kaitlan Collins, Annie Grayer and Sarah Fortinsky contributed to the report.