As the House prepares to bring the impeachment charge against Donald Trump to the Senate for trial, a large number of Republican senators say they are opposed to the proceeding, dimming the chances that former president will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol.
House Democrats will carry the sole impeachment charge of "incitement of insurrection" across the Capitol last Monday evening, a rare and ceremonial walk to the Senate by the prosecutors who will argue their case. They are hoping that strong Republican denunciations of Trump after the 6 January riot will translate into a conviction and a separate vote to bar Trump from holding office again.
"I think the trial is stupid, I think it's counterproductive," said Sen. Marco Rubio. He said that "the first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I'll do it" because he believes it would be bad for the country and further inflame partisan divisions.