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Schumer vows to move forward with Trump trial despite setback

Schumer vows to move forward with Trump trial despite setback
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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPew poll: 50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress Former state Rep. Vernon Jones launches challenge to Kemp in Georgia Schumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform MORE (D-N.Y.) vowed on Wednesday to move forward with former President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE’s second impeachment trial even as Republicans appear poised to acquit him.

“I would simply say to all of my colleagues make no mistake, there will be a trial, and the evidence against the former president will be presented in living color for the nation and every one of us to see once again,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.

“No one will be able to avert their gaze from what Mr. Trump said and did and the consequences of his actions. ... We will all watch what happened. We will listen to what happened and then we will vote,” he said.

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Schumer’s comments come after 45 Republicans backed an effort to deem Trump’s trial unconstitutional because he’s already left office.

Five Republicans voted with Democrats to squash the effort by Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Fauci on Tucker Carlson vaccine comments: 'Typical crazy conspiracy theory' MORE (R-Ky.).

It’s the clearest sign that there are not the votes to convict Trump at the end of the second impeachment trial, which is scheduled to start in roughly two weeks.

If every Democratic senator voted to convict, they would need 17 GOP senators to vote with them.

Democrats acknowledged on Wednesday that, given the support for Paul‘s motion, getting the votes was unlikely.

“The vote on the Paul motion yesterday was completely clarifying that we're not going to get near 67,” said Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineProgressives put Democrats on defense Senators reintroduce bill to block NATO withdrawal Democrats back up Biden bid to return to Iran nuclear deal MORE (D-Va.).

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Giffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall Democrats back up Biden bid to return to Iran nuclear deal MORE (D-Conn.) added that it’s an “uphill battle to get to 17 votes.”