House of Representatives sends Trump impeachment articles to Senate on Monday
Ex-president accused of inciting mutiny in connection with his supporters’ attack on the Capitol
The House of Representatives is formally submitting articles of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, charging former President Donald Trump with incitement to mutiny in connection with the Capitol attack launched earlier this month by Trump supporters..
Senate proceedings are due to begin shortly after February 8th. The move came after Democrats and Republicans agreed to take a short break from the procedural process to give both prosecutors and Trump lawyers time to prepare..
In addition, the hiatus will allow the Senate to approve some of the ministerial candidates nominated by President Biden..
To convict Trump will require a two-thirds majority of the Senate to vote for this decision. Given the fact that today there are 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats in the upper house of Congress, 17 Republicans will need to vote for it to make a decision..
If Trump is convicted, then a separate vote will take place, as a result of which he may be barred from holding any future positions in the federal government..
However, today Donald Trump is the only president in the 245-year history of the United States to be impeached twice. Recall that he was impeached for the first time in 2019 in connection with attempts to use the Ukrainian leadership to search for incriminating evidence on Joe Biden in the run-up to the November presidential elections, but the Senate found Trump innocent.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the upcoming process will exacerbate the split in the country.
Mitt Romney – the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump in 2019, – expressed the belief that «incitement to mutiny» is a crime worthy of impeachment.