Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat, on Thursday doubted Democrats would widely support a resolution to censure former President Donald Trump.
In an interview with CNN, Durbin said he wanted history to get it right.
“We’ve got to put the evidence on the record once and for all so now and future generations — we can make the case,” he said.
“Do I believe this president should be censured if he’s not impeached? I agree with it, but we need to go ahead with the impeachment trial.”
Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, raised the idea of a resolution to censure Trump amid long odds he’ll be convicted in the Senate of the impeachment charge against him.
A censure would require 60 votes; conviction at an impeachment trail would require 67 votes, Mediaite noted. A vote to proceed with an impeachment trial passed the Senate with 55 of the chamber’s 100 members voting in favor.
“We had a vote the other day,” Durbin said. “Five Republicans joining the Democrats in saying, ‘Let’s proceed with the impeachment trial.’ It was disappointing.”
“If we can’t get to 67 votes for impeachment, there may be another way to hold President Trump accountable, Kaine told CNN on Wednesday.
Kaine’s censure resolution will “declare that the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was an insurrection against the Constitution — an effort to stop Congress from ‘undertaking its constitutional duty to count electoral votes,’” Axios reported.
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