Impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump resumed on Tuesday in the Senate. The trial will decide whether to convict Trump of incitement of Capitol riots or not. This is one of the fastest trials set to wrap in coming week.
The trial resumed on Tuesday after a two-week delay. The trial begins with a debate whether the impeachment of a private citizen is even constitutional. Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, announced the agreement on trial format. With Senate’s GOP leaders McConnell of Kentucky, the senate reached a structure of the trial.
Schumer said that to move forward there should be truth and accountability for the Jan 6 attack on the Capitol. This is going to heal the country and will bring the country together.
Trump Impeachment Trial Resumed In Senate
The Senate will hold a vote on whether to proceed with the trial after a four-hour long debate. The vote however shall pass with the democrats in majority.
The voting will be similar to the procedure that was once forced by GOP Se. Rand Paul of Kentucky about the constitutionality of the trial for an ex-president. But only 5 republicans supported him. The senators include Susan Collins of Maine, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
From Wednesday, the merits of the impeachment through oral arguments shall begin. Each side will be provided 16 hours. The trial shall remain suspended starting Friday evening to Saturday for observing Jewish Sabbath. The request was put forward by one of Trump’s attorneys.
One major point is that whether witnesses will be called upon or not. According to Schumer, the agreement has the provision if chosen and a vote shall be hold for the same.
It is still unclear if the Democrats are still interested in pursuing the case as aggressively as last time. The managers had asked Trump to testify under oath which was denied by the latter through his attorneys. The decision on taking his testimony through a subpoena is not yet made.
The jury consists of 100 senators who will be asking questions from both sides after the completion of the trial and when the witnesses are already presented. The managers and the defense team will end it with closing arguments.
The final step of the trial is most likely to end by next week. This will involve a vote that will finally decide whether to convict or acquit the former president Donald Trump. In case if the former president is convicted, then the Democrats shall hold a subsequent vote barring Donald Trump to contest for holding office in future. This will simply need a majority for the order to pass.
However, the chances of convicting Trump appear light as for that the Democrats will need a minimum of 17 Republicans in their support and at the same time should keep all their members unified. In short, a two-third majority, to be precise 67 senators, should vote to convict Trump. Such has never happened till now in the US history.
Trump’s last impeachment trial lasted for 21 days. Last year, in 2020, the Senate acquitted former president Trump of the charges that he forced Ukraine’s president for investigating the Biden’s family. Only one Republican voted to convict him at that time.
The briefings of the cases by the managers and the defense team will come out this week. The managers are led by Democratic Rep Jamie Raskin of Maryland. They argued over Trump’s multiple attempts to subvert the November elections. This includes the call with GOP Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger. The Jan 6 Capitol riots are obviously in the list.
The trial is moving with a great pace.