Senate prepares to start impeachment proceedings
Senate prepares to begin Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial
Trump’s defense insists that the former president is tried in the Senate – unconstitutionally
Former President Donald Trump is due to file a pretrial briefing with the Senate on Monday, where he will begin a second impeachment trial on Tuesday.
Trump accused of inciting mutiny in connection with the invasion of the Capitol by his supporters.
Nine House Democrats, who will serve as prosecutors, will try to convince the Senate to convict Trump and bar him from holding public office.
In previously filed documents, Trump’s defense said the Senate does not have the necessary constitutional powers to prosecute the former president as he has already left office and is now a private citizen. This argument would allow Republicans to vote against conviction without directly defending Trump’s aggressive rhetoric..
Former US President Donald Trump (archived photo)
Last month, the Senate tried to dismiss the case on the grounds that it was unconstitutional to try the former president. This initiative was supported by 45 out of 50 Republican senators. All 50 Democrats and 17 Republicans must vote for a conviction..
On Monday, the impeachment managers filed the following statement with the Senate: «The evidence for President Trump’s behavior is overwhelming. He has no valid excuse for these actions. And his attempts to avoid responsibility are completely unsuccessful. Under the impeachment clause, President Trump broke his oath and betrayed the American people. His incitement to mutiny against the United States government, which disrupted the peaceful transfer of power, is the worst constitutional crime ever committed by a president. There should be no doubt that such behavior is categorically unacceptable. In trial, the House of Representatives will prove that President Trump deserves a conviction and disqualification, barring him from holding any honorary, confidential, or paid office in the United States.».
The team of prosecutors will be led by Congressman Jamie Ruskin. In addition, Diana Degett, David Cichilline, Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell, Ted Liu, Stacy Plaskett, Madeleine Dean and Joe Neguse will act as impeachment managers..