Trent Lott and the Republicans did not have that power over those dems. The dems stuck with Clinton thick as thieves. It was a sad moment for the country to see how the dems behaved during the impeachment
As I read it, Lott basically derailed the process in the senate. Reading all of those rape allegations on television would likely have forced some of the dems to break ranks.
The impeachment vote failed to convict on both counts.
The perjury charge failed with 45 senators (all Republican) voting “guilty” and 55 senators (45 Democrats and 10 Republicans) voting “not guilty”.
The obstruction of justice charge failed with 50 senators (all Republican) voting “guilty” and 50 senators (45 Democrats and 5 Republicans) voting “not guilty”. In both cases, a two-thirds majority of 67 senators would have been required for conviction.
The five Republican senators who voted against conviction on both charges were John Chafee of Rhode Island, Susan Collins of Maine, Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. The additional five Republican senators who voted “not guilty” only on the perjury charge were Slade Gorton of Washington, Richard Shelby of Alabama, Ted Stevens of Alaska, Fred Thompson of Tennessee, and John Warner of Virginia.