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Top Republicans blast impeachment trial and say there’s ‘no chance’ Trump will be convicted as he's 'not guilty'

TOP Republicans have condemned the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, claiming the former President is "simply not guilty".

Senators have suggested there is a slim chance for conviction ahead of the start of Trump's impeachment trial which requires a 67 vote majority.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky branded the impeachment a "partisan farce" on Fox News Sunday, professing that he does not believe it possible for Trump to be convicted.

"Forty-five Republicans have said it's not even a legitimate proceeding so it's really over before it starts," Paul continued.

"As far as witnesses, I think unlikely to be witnesses; if they do want witnesses, there's going to be so much evidence that the president had nothing to do with this."

He believes the proceedings are "unconstitutional" – a view shared by many Republicans.

Only five party members joined the 50 Democrats in a vote regarding the constitutional basis of the trial.

Even some Democrats have questioned whether the proceedings are entirely constitutional.

Senator Chris Murphy admitted, "This is of course a matter of first impression and so I don't think the case that Senator Paul is making is a ridiculous one."

It seems this issue will remain a pivotal point of the trial – as according to Senator Pat Toomey, because 45 Republicans believe the trial is unconstitutional, "you can infer how likely it is that those folks will vote to convict."

South Carolina's Senator Tim Scott echoed Paul's perspective and said the former President is "simply not guilty".

Despite being present in the House Chamber when the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building, Scott believes the rioters should take responsibility for the deadly insurrection, not Trump.

"The Democrats should put the blame where it stands, where it should be. And it does not have to do with the president who said go ‘peacefully’ to protest," he told America Reports.

Florida Senator and Trump supporter Matt Gaetz declared his willingness to do anything it takes to defend Trump – including resigning from his own seat.

“I would do anything I had to do to ensure that the greatest president in my lifetime, one of the greatest presidents our country’s ever had, maybe the greatest president our country has ever had, got a full-throated defense that wasn’t crouched down, that wasn’t in fear of losing some moderate Republican senator, but that was worthy of the fight he gave to the great people of this country for four years.”

He said it would be "the top priority of my life" during an appearance on Steve Bannon's podcast, 'War Room Pandemic'.

He slammed Democrats who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, saying: "at a time when there seems to be such a search for unity, we could do a lot better than this type of divisive rhetorics emerging from House Democrats."

He tweeted, "It's dangerous when Congress becomes the social media police, sitting in judgment of comments people made before they even got to Congress."

Further top Republicans believe Trump's conviction for inciting the deadly insurrection is highly unlikely.

The Democrats require 17 further Republican votes to convict the former President, but 45 out of the 50 right-wing Senators previously voted against the trial being held.

Trump 2020 senior adviser Jason Miller told Fox News Sunday there was "no chance" of Trump being convicted.

"They know that this has no chance of winning. There's no chance of the president actually being convicted here.

"This is designed to try to implement political pain, so to speak, over the course of a week, maybe a week and a half, and then they're going to move on. They're not even taking this seriously," he said.

Other lawmakers have denounced the impeachment process by the House, claiming it tainted proceedings in the Senate.

Senator Bill Cassidy said: "Let's face it, the House did an incredibly poor job of building a case before the impeachment vote.

He told NBC's 'Meet the Press', "There was no process. I mean, it's almost like, you know, if it happened in the Soviet Union, you would have called it a show trial."

Republican Lindsey Graham suggested "the outcome is not really in doubt."

He said impeaching a president once they're out of office is "a really bad idea" and voiced his main concerns about the length of the trial.

Graham told CBS' 'Face the Nation', "It's not a question of how the trial ends. It's a question of when it ends. The only question is will they call witnesses? How long does the trial take?"

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed President Joe Biden would not be watching the beginning of Trump's trial this week.

"I think it's clear from his scheduled intentions he will not spend too much time watching the proceedings, or any time," she said.

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