Republican senators signal opposition to Trump impeachment

Washington (AFP) – US Democrats’ efforts to convict Donald Trump at his impeachment trial suffered a fresh blow Tuesday when almost all Republicans senators backed dismissing the case, underlining the former president’s continuing hold over the party. The motion failed after all 50 Democrats and only five Republicans in the Senate did not support the push to throw out the case before the trial has begun. The result confirmed Democrats will struggle to persuade 17 Republican senators — the number needed for the required two-thirds majority — to vote to convict Trump. Rand Paul, Republican sen…

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