45 Senate Republicans Vote To Dismiss Trump’s Impeachment Trial | HuffPost

Only five Republicans voted with every Democrat to table Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s effort to stop the trial before it even got started. The GOP senator argued that holding such a trial of a former president was not constitutional, even though there is precedent for the Senate trying former government officials. 

The Senate ultimately rejected Paul’s motion by a vote of 55-45. The trial is formally scheduled to begin on Feb. 9 when House impeachment managers will present their arguments before the upper chamber. 

45 Senate Republicans Vote To Dismiss Trump’s Impeachment Trial | HuffPost