Rand Paul: Impeaching Trump 'antithesis of unity'

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is challenging the legitimacy of Donald Trump's second impeachment trial and forced a Senate vote on whether the impeachment trial of a former president is Constitutional. The vote failed 55 to 45. (Jan. 26)

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RAND PAUL: This impeachment is nothing more than a partisan exercise designed to further divide the country. Democrats claim to want to unify the country, but impeaching a former president-- a private citizen-- is the antithesis of unity. Democrats brazenly appointing a pro-impeachment Democrat to preside over the trial is not fair or impartial, and hardly encourages any kind of unity in our country. No, unity is the opposite of this travesty we are about to witness.

Private citizens don't get impeached. Impeachment is for removal from office, and the accused here has already left office. Hyper partisan Democrats are about to drag our great country down into the gutter of rancor and vitriol, the likes of which has never been seen in our nation's history. Democrats are wasting the nation's time on a partisan vendetta against a man no longer in office. It's almost as if they have no ability to exist except in opposition to Donald Trump. Without him as their boogeyman, they might have to legislate and to actually convince Americans that their policy prescriptions are the right ones.

A sham, this is. A travesty. A dark blot on the history of our country. I urge my colleagues to reconsider this kangaroo court and move forward to debate the great issues of our day.