House Democrats will present an impeachment article to the Senate on Monday evening accusing Donald Trump of “incitement to insurgency” for his role in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
In a move that will trigger the first impeachment trial of a former US president, House members who will act as de facto prosecutors will hold a parade ceremony to present the article to the upper house of Congress.
Jamie Raskin, the member of the Democratic House of Maryland who will be primarily responsible for the impeachment, will then read the article on the Senate floor. This will trigger a trial which will lead to what senators determine whether to convict Mr. Trump for violent mob incitement who organized the siege.
Mr. Trump earlier this month became the first president in U.S. history to be dismissed twice, after all House Democrats and 10 lower house Republicans voted to accuse him of inciting insurgency.
Mr Trump was first impeached in 2019 for his efforts to persuade the Ukrainian president to dig up the filth of his political rival, Joe Biden. He was acquitted of two articles of impeachment, after a Senate trial that saw only one Republican, Mitt Romney, vote to convict the president.
The former president’s second impeachment trial threatens to overshadow the early days of Mr. Biden’s administration. Mr Biden, the former vice president, was sworn in as the 46th US president last week and has already nominated a number of cabinet candidates as well as an ambitious one $ 1.9 billion coronavirus stimulus package.
At the end of last week, Chuck Schumer, the new Senate Majority Leader, said he would structure the Senate trial to give the Upper House two weeks to first consider cabinet appointments. Mr. Biden and debate the stimulus bill.
While the senators will be sworn in as jurors on Tuesday, the trial will not begin in earnest until February 9.
It’s still unclear whether Senate Republicans will vote this time to condemn the former president. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, has said he is prepared to condemn the former president, which could prevent Mr. Trump from taking up future public office or enjoying benefits enjoyed by other alumni. presidents, such as an annual pension or secret service. protection.
Two-thirds of the Senate’s 100 members must vote to condemn for Mr. Trump to be condemned. Because the upper house of Congress is split 50-50, that means 17 Republicans would have to vote against the president to be convicted.
Mr. Romney told CNN on Sunday that Mr. Trump committed an “impenetrable offense” on January 6, when he encouraged crowds of his supporters to descend on Capitol Hill.
“I will of course hear what the lawyers have to say from each side. But I think it’s pretty clear that the effort is constitutional, ”Mr. Romney said. “I believe that what is alleged and what we have seen, which is an incitement to insurrection, is an imprescriptible crime. If not, what is it?
A Monmouth University poll released Monday afternoon showed that a majority of Americans, 56%, approved of Mr. Trump’s impeachment by the House. A slightly smaller share, 52 percent, said they wanted the Senate to condemn the former president. However, the poll showed a clear partisan divide, with just 13% of Republicans saying they approved of the actions of the House.