Senators sworn in as jurors in Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial | WNT
Members of the House of Representatives delivered an article of impeachment to the Senate the day before
Senators swear in jury on Tuesday in impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump.
The process itself will begin no earlier than 8 February. Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed to a short reprieve to allow time for preparation for both the legislators who will serve as prosecutors and the Trump defense team. The extra time will also give the Senate the opportunity to approve more candidates for President Joe Biden’s cabinet..
Members of the House of Representatives, who will serve as prosecutors, showed up in the Senate Hall on Monday night to serve an impeachment clause in which Trump is accused of inciting mutiny in the wake of his crowd of supporters storming the Capitol earlier this month..
The chief impeachment manager, Maryland Congressman Jamie Ruskin, read out the accusations, stating that Trump “endangered the security of the United States and its government institutions.”.
Trump’s defenders team will be led by ethics and election lawyer Butch Bowers and former federal prosecutor Deborah Barbier, who specializes in defending malfeasances.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, who plays a predominantly ceremonial role as interim President of the Senate, said Monday that he will preside over the impeachment process. The U.S. Constitution requires Supreme Court Chief Justice to preside over presidential impeachment hearings, but since Trump is no longer in power, officials have said Chief Justice John Roberts will not fill that role..
Leahy, 80, was first elected to the Senate in 1974 and has been the longest serving senator. Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, he said years of experience in the Senate will help him maintain his appearance as an impartial judge..
Leahy’s aides said he would still be able to vote in the impeachment proceedings. Republican Senator John Cornin tweeted this arrangement, saying, “How can a Senator preside as a judge and serve as a jury at the same time?”
Kornin also suggested that Trump had already been punished by losing the election. This is an argument made by many Republicans opposing the trial..
Republican Senator Joni Ernst said that while Trump “has shown weak leadership,” its members are responsible for the attack on the Capitol..
Senate Majority Leader Democrat Chuck Schumer said the Senate would conduct a “timely and fair trial.” He dismissed Republican objections, saying the trial was “unconditionally and clearly constitutional.”.
“The only question we have before us,” he said, “is former President Trump guilty of inciting rebellion against the United States?”
Democrat Senator Jeff Merkley tweeted: “This is the most serious crime against the Constitution imaginable … We must take this matter with absolute seriousness and proceed accordingly.”.
For a conviction, it is necessary that two-thirds of the senators vote for it. Since the Senate seats are split equally between the two parties, the conviction should be supported by all Democrats and 17 Republicans..
President Joe Biden, speaking Monday on CNN, expressed the opinion that the verdict is unlikely to be supported by enough Republicans. At the same time, he noted that the proceedings “should take place” and that otherwise “the effect would be worse”.
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