WASHINGTON (WJHL) — Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty voted against what they are calling an “unconstitutional” impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump.
Blackburn and Hagerty were among 45 Republicans who voted in favor of Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) objection to the impeachment trial. However, five Republicans joined 50 Democrats to defeat the objection in a 55–45 vote.
Blackburn issued this statement following the vote:
Today I voted to support Senator Rand Paul‘s objection to holding a partisan, unconstitutional trial against a former President. It is time for our country to move forward, instead of looking backwards and fighting the same battles with each other.Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Hagerty also issued a statement regarding the vote and impeachment trial.
“Today I was sworn-in for the upcoming trial, but this solemn oath was administered by a Democrat Senator, rather than the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, further supporting the view that this continued impeachment effort against a former President is an unconstitutional, political sideshow. Under Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, a presidential impeachment trial—the purpose of which is to determine whether the President should be removed from office—must involve ‘The President,’ and Article 1, Section 3 provides that, ‘When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside.’ Yet, ‘the President’ is not on trial, and the Chief Justice is not presiding, which speaks volumes about the constitutionality of this proceeding. It’s time to focus on controlling the pandemic, and getting the American people back to work, and our children safely back in school, which is why I voted to end this.”Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN)