US House of Representatives personally submitted a document of the charges against former President Donald Trump to the Senate. In doing so, the second impeachment trial will officially begin. Trump’s trial for his role in the storming of the Capitol will not begin on January 6 until the week of February 8 until his defense can adequately prepare.
A majority in the House of Representatives accuses Trump of inciting his supporters to an uprising. In addition, five people were killed. The Democrats, who hold half of the 100 seats in the Senate, want to ensure Trump does not run for president again, part of the impeachment process.
It was announced on Monday that it is not Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who was in charge of the first impeachment trial of Trump, but Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy will preside over the trial. Leahy is the Senior Senator for the largest party and Acting President of the Senate. He has traditionally presided over the trials of impeachment of former presidents.
President Joe Biden, who prefers to focus on tackling the coronavirus and economic recovery in the United States, said last week that he would not interfere with the impeachment process. His spokeswoman, Jane Psaki, said the president “will leave it to the Democrats and Republicans in the Senate to decide how to hold the former president accountable.” Moreover, according to CNN, Biden will not believe in Trump’s conviction.
In addition to the 50 Democrats, 17 Republican senators have to convict Trump by adhering to the two-thirds majority needed for conviction. The question is whether too many party members will turn against Trump.
A year ago, Trump’s impeachment measure also began after he pressed Ukraine to intervene in the US election process. Then Trump was acquitted in the Senate, where Republicans still held the majority at the time. Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate and senator on behalf of Utah, was the only Republican to vote for him at the time.
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