If the House of Representatives opens the proceedings Monday, this will be the second time that Trump will undergo an impeachment process during his tenure as president – and he will be the first president to be impeached twice.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell sent a memo to Senate Republicans on Friday outlining how a second Trump trial in the Senate would go, saying that the Senate would most likely not begin until January 19, when the upper house resumes. comes into session.
Hours after the deadly riot, Trump tweeted “Go home with love and in peace. Remember this day forever!” Twitter blocked the tweet on Friday. In the tweet, Trump made false claims about the presidential election, suggesting that those who stormed the Capitol were “patriots.”
On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for Trump to resign or be removed.
“It is the hope of the members that the president will resign immediately. But if he does not, I have instructed the Rules Committee to move forward with Congressman Jamie Raskin’s 25th Amendment Act and a motion to impeach,” Pelosi said in a statement, referring to a constitutional amendment that establishes a complex process for removing a president from office. Accordingly, the House will keep every option –, a motion to impeach or a privileged resolution to impeach. “
More than 200 members of Congress are calling for Trump to be removed from office, including Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski. “I want him out. He’s done enough damage,” Murkowski told Anchorage Daily News late Friday. “If the Republican Party has become nothing more than Trump’s party, I honestly wonder if this is the party for me.” (Murkowski says she will not become a Democrat.)
But if Trump doesn’t resign and as Vice President Mike Pence and the President’s Office don’t rely on it– neither seems likely – impeachment proceedings could begin earlier but would likely end only after that, as the senate won’t rejoin session until January 19, the day before Trump’s presidency ends. The Senate can return early, but only if all sitting senators agree. If anyone objects, the Senate will not meet again early.
We will explain what could happen to Trump if he is impeached, what the timeline might look like now and where the situation stands.
What will happen to Trump if he is impeached and convicted?
If the House votes to impeach, the president will essentially be charged. The trial then goes to the Senate for trial overseen by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Normally, the conviction of a sitting president during such a trial would result in the president being immediately removed from office and disqualified for the benefits given to former presidents in the Post Presidents Act, including a retirement and security detail. The Senate can also vote to remove the right to run for a second presidential term or for “an Office of Honor, Trust of Profit under the United States,” under the Constitution (Article 1, paragraph 3).
With only a few days left in office, Trump would likely complete his term in office (more below), but he could still be banned from perks granted to previous presidents and banned from running for public office, including seek a second presidential term in 2024 or beyond.
Is it too late to impeach Trump before Biden takes office?
Yes and no. The impeachment process is likely to begin Monday, which would trigger a process defined by the constitution. The rarity of impeachment in US history (only two other presidents have been impeached), the extraordinary circumstances of the article against Trump, and the timing so close to Biden’s inauguration raise some questions about what could happen next, including a possible senate. impeachment process that would determine the first days of Biden’s presidency.
Biden has said it is up to Congress to decide whether Trump should be impeached.
Impeaching a president is typically a lengthy process that involves months of investigations and investigations, but House Democrats plan to speed up proceedings and ground the articles of impeachment.
Here is the short version of the general procedure:
- The House of Representatives votes to invoke allegations of impeachment against Trump.
- If the article of impeachment passes by the House, it submits the article to the Senate, which must hold a trial.
- The House continues, and the Senate is the jury. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides.
- Trump has the ability to defend himself.
Here are some unknowns:
- Would the Senate agree to reconvene for an impeachment trial before January 19? (Unlikely, as this could be scuttled by a single senator’s objection; vote must be unanimous.)
- If started before the inauguration, would the impeachment process continue after Trump is no longer president?
- Could Trump try to pardon himself for all crimes prior to the inauguration?
What does it take to depose a sitting president?
A president, along with other officials, can be charged with “treason, bribery or other serious crimes and offenses,” according to section 4 of Article 2 of the US Constitution.
A total of 216 votes from the House of Representatives are required to impeach – a simple majority plus one. A trial is then heard in the Senate, where the US Chief Justice sits. A full two-thirds of the 100 senators must vote to convict.
If the Senate were to condemn Trump, it would not only remove him from the White House once the vote took place, but also prevent him from ever running for a second presidential term.
Trump’s White House criticized the move towards impeachment, saying in a statement Friday that this should be “a time for healing and unity.” The White House said, “A politically motivated impeachment against a president with 12 days to go will only serve to further divide our great country.”
What’s the difference between Impeachment and the 25th Amendment?
Congress, including Republican representatives, has also urged Vice President Mike Pence to remove the. Unlike impeachment, voted on by Congress, the 25th Amendment requires Pence and a majority of cabinet secretaries to take power. Alternatively, it can also be invoked by the vice president and another body designated by Congress.
To invoke power, Pence and a majority of sitting cabinet secretaries must decide that the sitting president is unfit for office. Several cabinet members have resigned in the wake of the attack on the Capitol. However, Pence has reportedly said he will not invoke the 25th Amendment, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s request to do so.
“The president of the United States has unleashed an armed uprising against America,” Pelosi said at a press conference on Thursday. By calling for this incendiary act, the president has made an unspeakable attack on our nation and our people. to do on the 25th amendment. “
Has Trump not already been impeached?
Yes. Trump was impeached by the House in December 2019. The Republican Majority, with the process highlighted by of Trump who belittles the impeachment effort.
His previous accusation involved articles accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The occasion involved Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, including a July 2019 phone call in which he appeared to be using US military aid as a bargaining chip to pressure Ukraine over the alleged links between his political opponent Biden, Biden’s son Hunter, and a Ukrainian gas company. The articles also charged Trump with interfering with a home investigation into the Ukraine issue.
CNET’s Clifford Colby and Rae Hodge contributed to this report.