The housesaccused Trump on charges of “inciting insurgency” for his role in encouraging the on January 6. Once the article is delivered, the Senate will be forced to vote to convict or acquit Trump.
The siege of the Capitol was intended to overturn the 2020 election results and halt the process of confirming Biden as the country’s next president, a process widely considered a formality. After the Capitol was cleared of rioters, the joint session of Congress upheld Biden’s presidency.
“We know that the President of the United States has instigated this uprising – this armed insurrection – against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Jan. 13 ahead of the vote. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love. ”
Although Trump’s term in office ended on Jan. 20, a conviction could potentially lead to other consequences. This is the first time in US history that a president has been impeached twice.
“ I don’t think anyone would seriously argue that we should set a precedent where every president who leaves the house has two weeks or three weeks or four weeks to try to provoke an armed uprising against the union or a coup d’état. organize the union. union, “Rep. Jamie Raskin, chief impeachment manager, said on January 17 on CNN State of the Union.” And if it succeeds, he becomes a dictator. And if it doesn’t, he won’t be subject to impeachment or conviction for having the past just want to let it pass. ‘
Raskin added, “This was the most serious presidential crime in the history of the United States of America. The most dangerous crime ever committed by a president against the United States. ”
We will explain what could happen now that Trump has been impeached, including the timeline for a Senate trial. This story has been updated with new information.
When will the Senate start the process of impeaching Trump?
It’s not clear when the trial will take place, but the senate will be obliged to try Trump, who is now a private person and no longer holds public office. In addition to being the first president ever to be impeached twice, he will also be the first to be tried after leaving office.
“There will be a full trial,” Senate leader Chuck Schumer tweeted Friday. “There will be a fair trial.” If the former president is convicted in the Senate, there will be an additional vote “to prevent him from fleeing again,” Schumer has said.
A proposed timeline of the trial by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell would see senators issue a subpoena to Trump on Jan. 28, giving him until Feb. 4 to answer the impeachment article, and to complete his preliminary letter before February 11. House would have until February 13 to submit his preliminary investigation. However, the Senate has yet to agree to this timeline.
The Senate returned to work on January 19, the day before Biden’s inauguration.
Are Senate Republicans in favor of the charge against Trump?
While the impeachment resolution had unanimous support among the voting House Democrats,. As the Senate awaits receipt of the impeachment article, speculation begins as to which Republican senators can vote to condemn.
McConnell is reportedly inclined to vote against Trump, believing the former president has committed untouchable transgressions, The New York Times reported.
“The crowd was fed lies,” McConnell said on Jan. 19 in his harshest rebuke to Trump yet, according to AP News. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific procedure from the first branch of the federal government that they didn’t like.”
McConnell, who holds sway over Republicans in the Senate, would privately want Trump to be purged from the GOP, but has not made public his voting intentions.
Sens. Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski had expressed support for the idea that Trump would step down before his term of office expired, but did not explicitly call for impeachment.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told CNN that he is hopeful there will be enough votes from Republican senators because if they acquit Trump twice, “they will be judged harshly not only by history, but I believe by American people. voters. “
What happens if the Senate condemns Trump?
With the House now voting for impeachment, the trial will go to the Senate for trial under the supervision of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Normally, the conviction of a president at such a trial would result in the president being immediately removed from office. In addition, now that Trump’s tenure is over, the Senate can 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).
A president who is impeached in the Senate may also be disqualified for the benefits given to former presidents in the Post Presidents Act, including a pension and an annual travel allowance.
Despite reports, Trump has not used his presidential power, and did not resign. Depicted presidents cannot be pardoned under the US Constitution.
What must be done to condemn a president by impeachment
A president – or in this case, a former president – can be charged along with other officials of “treason, bribery, or other serious crimes and offenses,” according to Article 2, Section 4 of the US Constitution. To impeach, a simple majority of the members of the House of Representatives must vote to press charges. A trial is then heard in the Senate, where the US Chief Justice sits. A full two-thirds of the 100 senators must vote for conviction or the president will be acquitted.
Impeaching a president is typically a lengthy process that involves months of investigations and investigations.
Here is the short version of the general procedure:
- The House of Representatives votes to invoke allegations of impeachment against Trump.
- Now that the impeachment article has been passed in the House, the Senate 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.
Wasn’t Trump already impeached for actions during his term of office?
Yes. Trump was impeached by the House in December 2019. The Republican Majority(with the process marked by of Trump belittling the impeachment effort).
His first charge involved articles accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The occasion involved Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, including a phone call in July 2019 in which he appeared to be using US military aid as a bargaining chip to pressure Ukraine over the alleged ties between his political opponent Biden, Biden’s son Hunter and a Ukrainian gas company. The articles also accused Trump of interfering with a home investigation into the Ukraine issue.
CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt and Rae Hodge contributed to this report.