COVID-19 aid package could matter more for Sinema and Kelly than Trump’s impeachment trial

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | Arizona Republic

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are not saying where they stand on former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but both have made it clear they blamed Trump for instigating the angry horde of rioters who overtook the U.S. Capitol in a deadly rampage that left five people dead.

But for Sinema and Kelly, both Democrats from swing-state Arizona who are viewed as among the Senate’s most vulnerable members, Trump’s trial could seem more like an afterthought to tougher and more consequential votes that lie ahead on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package.

Trump’s Senate trial is set to start at 11 a.m. Arizona time Tuesday. As jurors, Sinema and Kelly will vote on whether Trump is guilty or not guilty on an article of impeachment that says Trump incited the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. If Trump is found guilty, he would be blocked from ever seeking office again, but a conviction would require a two-thirds Senate vote and Trump appears to continue to enjoy the support of enough Senate Republicans to avoid it.

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