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Durbin says he won't whip votes for Trump's second impeachment trial

Senate Democratic Whip, Dick DurbinDick DurbinFBI director set for combative hearing on mob attack No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage Senate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill MORE (Ill.) said Sunday that he is not going to whip votes in his caucus in favor convicting President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE in his upcoming impeachment trial.

In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Durbin explained that the gravity of an impeachment vote was too great for Senate leadership to pressure members one way or the other.

“When it comes to an issue of this gravity and constitutional importance, members really have to follow their own conscience," Durbin told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperEx-Trump press secretary criticized for stirring up QAnon on Twitter Maryland GOP governor says he would have voted to convict Trump Democratic senator defends decision not to call witnesses: 'They weren't going to get more Republican votes' MORE. "It isn't a matter of saying, 'well, the team has to all vote together.'"

"We will, of course, try to find out how members feel, but in terms of arm-twisting, when it comes to impeachment, you just don't do that," he added.

Trump now faces an historic second impeachment trial in the Senate in the coming weeks despite his term ending on Wednesday. Democrats have vowed to pursue the measure in the hopes of preventing the president from running for office again.

Five people died including a Capitol Police officer during the Jan. 6 riot as supporters of the president stormed the building while lawmakers were in both chambers. A second Capitol Police officer who was on the scene died days later, the cause of which has not been revealed by the Capitol Police.

The House passed an article of impeachment against the president last week, charging him with inciting an insurrection. Ten House Republicans voted in favor of the article.