These threats have prompted the U.S. Capitol Police and other federal law enforcement to insist thousands of National Guard troops remain in Washington as the Senate moves forward with plans for Trump's trial.
"I believe that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense".
A growing number of US Republican senators say they are opposed to the proceedings, pushing back with both political and constitutional arguments. "If not, what is?" said Romney, a frequent Trump critic and the only Republican to vote to convict him at his first impeachment trial.
Mr. Romney was the only congressional Republican to vote for an article of impeachment against Mr. Trump for the former president's role in allegedly strong-arming Ukraine into digging up dirt on now-President Biden. But Romney did say that the article of impeachment passed by the House two weeks ago "suggests impeachable conduct".
Democrats' focus on pushing impeachment, Rubio said, is a distraction that is costing the country and damaging the left's narrative on unity.
The House of Representatives impeached Trump for a historic second time on January 13, just one week before he left office. Senator Marco Rubio pronounced the trial "stupid" and "counterproductive" on "Fox News Sunday".
However, a separate vote would then be needed to ban him from running for office again which Trump has conveyed he is likely to do in 2024.
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The former president's upcoming trial has anxious some Democrats, who are concerned that it could get in the way of legislative priorities in the early days of President Joe Biden's tenure. The proceedings will also force Democrats, who have a full sweep of party control of the White House and Congress, to balance their promise to hold the former president accountable while also rushing to deliver on Biden's priorities.
"We're just going to jump right back into what we've been going through for the last five years and bring it up with a trial and it's going to be bad for the country", he said.
Democrats would need the support of 17 Republicans - a high bar - to convict him.
"It was most certainly a foreseeable effect of everything that was going on". The Kentucky Republican said this week that the mob was "fed lies" and "provoked by the president and other powerful people". Ocasio-Cortez is reportedly considering a challenge to Schumer for his Senate seat in 2022.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is a likely yes vote on conviction, and was the only GOPer to vote for removal the last time Trump was impeached.
"The first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I'll do it", he said.
"I think he's entitled to testimony and evidence if necessary".