Trump impeachment article to be sent to Senate, triggering trial

25/01/2021 11:00:00 PM

Trump impeachment article to be sent to Senate, triggering trial

Trump impeachment article to be sent to Senate, triggering trial

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to send the Senate a single article of impeachment Monday accusing Donald Trump of inciting the Capitol riot, formally triggering the first-ever impeachment trial of a former president.

Senior figures in Trump’s party have pushed back with both political and constitutional arguments, raising doubts that Democrats — who control 50 seats in the 100-seat chamber — can secure the 17 Republican votes to reach the two-thirds majority needed to convict.

But to “stir it up again” could only hurt the country, said Rubio, a presidential candidate beaten by Trump in the 2016 primary.Senator Mike Rounds told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the constitution does not allow for the impeachment of a former president.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her first weekly news conference under the new Biden administration on January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.on Monday, January 25 , will formally charge ex-President Donald Trump with inciting insurrection in a fiery speech to his followers before this month's deadly attack on the Capitol, signaling the start of his second impeachment trial.Reuters / 02:39 PM March 04, 2021 FILE PHOTO: Rep.the deadly attack on the Capitol , setting in motion his second impeachment trial.

Speaker Pelosi held her first news conference as the Biden administration takes office. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP) Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, vowed last week that the trial — already scheduled to open in the second week of February — should proceed, saying, “I don’t think it will be long, but we must do it. A similar ceremony was carried out for Trump's first impeachment trial last January, when the House clerk and sergeant at arms led a small procession of lawmakers through a hushed Capitol.” But Republican lawmakers signaled over the weekend that Democrats may struggle to secure Trump’s conviction over the storming of US legislative buildings earlier this month, which left five people dead. 7120 the Justice in Policing Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U. Senior figures in Trump’s party have pushed back with both political and constitutional arguments, raising doubts that Democrats — who control 50 seats in the 100-seat chamber — can secure the 17 Republican votes to reach the two-thirds majority needed to convict. Conviction in the Senate could result in a vote to ban him from holding future office. “I think the trial is stupid. Senate Democrats will need the support of 17 Republicans to convict him in the Senate, a steep climb given the continued allegiance to Trump among the Republican Party's conservative base of voters.

I think it’s counterproductive. 9. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo WASHINGTON — The U. We already have a flaming fire in this country and it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top,” Marco Rubio, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Fox News Sunday. He acknowledged that Trump — who had urged thousands of his supporters to flock to Washington and protest the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s victory — “bears some responsibility for what happened. After a two-month campaign to try to discredit his election defeat, Trump on January 6 urged his followers to"fight" to overturn the result.” But to “stir it up again” could only hurt the country, said Rubio, a presidential candidate beaten by Trump in the 2016 primary. Democrats pushed the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” through the House by a vote of 220-212, with the support of only one Republican, just days before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin goes on trial on a state murder charge in the death of Floyd last year. – Constitutional question – Other Republicans argued that the Senate has no authority to put a private citizen — as Trump now is — on trial. Ten House Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump, a step akin to an indictment in a criminal trial. Leahy will still be able to vote in the trial, an aide said, noting that senators still vote on all matters when presiding over the chamber.

Senator Mike Rounds told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the constitution does not allow for the impeachment of a former president. But Senator Mitt Romney, the Republicans’ 2012 presidential candidate and a frequent Trump critic, told CNN that “the preponderance of legal opinion is that an impeachment trial after a president has left office is constitutional. A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Friday, January 22, found that 51% of Americans thought the Senate should convict Trump. “How many more people have to die, how many more people have to be brutalized on videotape” before police reforms become law, asked Democratic Representative Karen Bass, who wrote the legislation with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. I believe that’s the case.” The Utah Republican — the only member of his party to vote to convict Trump in his first impeachment trial — hinted that he may be leaning the same way now. 'A flaming fire' Multiple Republicans, including the party's Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, have condemned the violence and criticized Trump for inciting it. He said he believed “that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense. "The theory that the Senate can't try former officials would amount to a constitutional get-out-of-jail-free card for any president," Schumer told the Senate.

If not, what is?” The Capitol riots were documented on videos seen around the world — as were Trump’s earlier exhortations to the crowd to “fight” for his presidency — complicating his defense. "I believe that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense. His case may have suffered further after The New York Times reported Friday that Trump had considered ousting the US acting attorney general in favor of a low-ranking official receptive to his efforts to overturn the election result. – Hands-off approach – Biden has publicly taken a hands-off approach to the impeachment, eager to put Trump in the rear-view mirror and seek progress on fighting the coronavirus pandemic and reviving a devastated economy. But a significant number of Republican lawmakers have raised objections to the impeachment. Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the president “believes that it’s up to the Senate and Congress to determine how they will hold the former president accountable.” As Democrats worked to prepare the case against Trump, one of those who will present it in the Senate — Representative Madeleine Dean — said she hoped it would move quickly." "We already have a flaming fire in this country and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire," Rubio said. The impeachment focuses on Trump's speech to supporters on a grassy expanse near the White House shortly before a mob stormed the Capitol, disrupted the formal certification of Biden's victory over Trump in the November 3 election, sent lawmakers into hiding and left five people dead, including a police officer.

“I would expect it would go faster” than the 2020 impeachment trial, which lasted 21 days, she told CNN. The trial, however, will be a test for senators: Democrats hope to devote part of each day to regular business, but the furies always surrounding Trump seem sure to undercut any bid for bipartisan cooperation. In this case, the actions in question played out in a public speech and a separate phone call to a Georgia election official that was released to the news media.  Dean said she was in the House chamber during the “terrifying moment” when the invading mob began pounding on its doors, chanting: “Hang Vice President Pence.” She said Democrats would demand accountability of Trump for “an extraordinarily heinous presidential crime. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday the second trial would be fairly quick.” And Daniel Goldman, who was lead counsel for the House’s first impeachment inquiry, tweeted Sunday that “the only way to ensure this lawless, authoritarian, anti-democratic conduct never happens again is to hold him accountable. A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Friday found that 51% of Americans thought the Senate should convict Trump, breaking down largely along party lines.

” The House of Representatives impeached Trump for a historic second time on January 13, just one week before he left office. But sweeping it under the rug will not bring healing," Schumer said in New York. The article of impeachment will be delivered and read out to the Senate on Monday at 7:00 pm (0000 GMT Tuesday). The chamber’s 100 members will be sworn in as trial jurors the next day. But it will move relatively quickly and not take up too much time because we have so much else to do. .