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The House finally delivered its single article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday but instead of commencing the trial the next day the Senate embarked on a debate about whether the article should be dismissed outright as unconstitutional.
Rand Paul, the contrarian Republican from Kentucky who forced the vote, wasn’t arguing against the particulars in the “Incitement of Insurrection” charge, that then-President Donald Trump spurred a mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. He was arguing that Trump couldn’t be tried for attempting to block the counting of Electoral College votes for Joe Biden because he’s now a private citizen. His motion didn’t pass, but 44 of his Republican colleagues voted with him.