A bipartisan group of Senators is asking their colleagues in Congress to consider a censure resolution instead of impeachment charges against former President Donald Trump. A censure is defined as an expression of strong condemnation against an individual or group for their actions. The official censure declaration would stop short of a full impeachment conviction.

Why the Call for Censure?

The call for censure is being discussed within the halls of Congress with increasing frequency as it is becoming clear that Trump’s second impeachment trial will end just like the first when he is acquitted. On Tuesday, 45 Republican Senators voted to dismiss the impeachment trial before it is set to begin on February 8.

With only five Republicans crossing over to the other side of the aisle to vote for the trial proceedings to forge ahead, both sides understand that it is highly unlikely that there will be the necessary 17 Republican Senators needed to vote for conviction. Trump is being brought to trial on one single article of impeachment, alleging that he incited the riots at the US Capitol on January 6.

Senators Behind the Call for Censure

It is being reported that Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, and Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, are behind the bipartisan effort to propose a censure instead of impeachment. Unlike an impeachment conviction that requires a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate, a censure resolution would pass through the halls with only 60 votes. This means that the resolution would only need the support of 10 Republican Senators.