With the Senate impeachment trial set to begin on the 9th, many are predicting the outcome of the event, including Senator Rand Paul.
Speaking to Fox News Sunday, Senator Paul pointed to the fact that 45 Senators had already voted against the trial. If these numbers hold up, then the trial will end in Trump’s acquittal. This fact alone leads many to speculate that the impeachment trial is dead on arrival.
A minimum of 67 votes are needed in the Senate to convict Trump.
Paul described the trial as one seeking to criminalize free speech saying, “If we’re going to criminalize speech, and somehow impeach everybody who says, ‘Go fight to hear your voices heard,’ I mean really we ought to impeach Chuck Schumer then.”
Rand Paul was speaking about the instance when Schumer spoke very strongly before the Supreme Court saying, “‘Hey Gorsuch, Hey Kavanaugh, you’ve unleashed a whirlwind. And you’re going to pay the price.’” Rand Paul went on saying, “This inflammatory wording, this violent rhetoric of Chuck Schumer was so bad that the chief justice, who rarely says anything publicly, immediately said this kind of language is dangerous as a mob tried to invade the Supreme Court.”
Trump has declined to provide witness testimony for the trial.