“The January 6 uprising at the Capitol, instigated by Donald J. Trump, was a day none of us will ever forget. We all want to leave this terrible chapter in our country’s history behind,” Senate Leader Chuck Schumer said. January 22. announcing the Senate timeline. “But healing and unity will come only when there’s truth and accountability. And that’s what this trial will offer.”
It will be a historic process for two reasons: it is the first time that a US president has been impeached twice and the first time that a former president is on trial for impeachment after the end of his presidency.
The topic of Trump’s impeachment process is the former president’s role in encouraging the. In another historic moment, to vote for impeachment. The siege of the Capitol was intended to reverse the 2020 election results and halt the process of confirming Joe Biden as the country’s next president. Biden was confirmed after the siege and was later .
The National Guard, enlisted in the January 6 uprising, will reportedly remain in Washington DC due to the impeachment trial and its possible repercussions.
We will explain what we know about how the impeachment process might go, what it takes to convict or acquit, what is at stake and where the situation is now. This story has been updated with new information.
Diagram of Trump’s impeachment process
The trial will proceed as follows:
- January 25: Article of impeachment presented to the Senate
- Jan 26: Senators sworn in, Trump subpoena issued
- Feb 2: Trump’s response to article on impeachment
- February 8: Trump’s preliminary briefing
- Feb 9: House’s preliminary rebuttal due; trial begins.
What happens if Trump is convicted?
If the former president is convicted in the Senate, there will be an additional vote to prevent him from re-entering (Article 1, paragraph 3 of the Constitution), preventing a possible presidential election of Trump in 2024. Only a simple majority is required for this vote. , where Vice President Kamala Harris would draw a tie if necessary.
Trump could also be disqualified for benefits given to former presidents by the Post Presidents Act, including a Secret Service security detail, pension, and annual travel allowance.
Depicted presidents also cannot be pardoned under the US Constitution.
If acquitted, Trump would have access to all the benefits of a former US president, including the option to run for public office.
What Happens During Trump’s Impeachment Trial?
The US Constitution provides clear guidelines for impeaching a sitting president and other officials for “treason, bribery, or other serious crimes and offenses.” However, the Trump trial is an uncommon case. With his second impeachment, Trump, who has been a private person since January 20, is the first president to be impeached twice and the first to be tried after leaving office.
The highest judge of the Supreme Court presides over the impeachment proceedings. Since it is not a trial against a sitting president, the Supreme Court Chief Justice will not chair the impeachment trial – instead it will be the new Senate President pro tempore, Senator Patrick Leahy who, as a Senator, is also expected to be too be able to vote in court.
The House will prosecute the case and the Senate will sit as a jury and ultimately vote for conviction or acquittal.
To condemn Trump, 67 senators – or two-thirds of the Senate – must vote in favor. After Biden’s inauguration, the Senate now consists of 48 Democrats, two independents who consult with Democrats and 50 Republicans, for an even 50-50 split.
Are Senate Republicans For or Against Trump’s Indictment?
There has been speculation as to which Republican senators can vote and then condemn, face backlash in their own party for appearing unfaithful. A significant number of Republicans – nearly 20 – should vote for conviction. Some see it as the ultimate test of loyalty to Trump.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who has immense power among Republican senators, would privately want Trump to be purged from the GOP, but he has not made public his voting intentions. He has said the former president has committed accusatory violations, The New York Times reported.
“The crowd was fed lies,” McConnell said on the Senate floor on Jan. 19. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to do a specific procedure from the first branch of the federal government that they didn’t like.”
According to The New York Times, the GOP ally Trump is already objecting to the trial, while others would “doubt” their decision to convict.
Republican sens. Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski had expressed support for the idea that Trump would step down before his term ended on January 20, but they did not explicitly call for impeachment.
Wasn’t Trump already impeached?
Yes. Trump was impeached by the House in December 2019. The Republican Majority.
His first charge involved articles accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The problem was 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 to break the alleged links between his political opponent Biden, Biden’s son Hunter and a Ukrainian gas company. to research. The articles also accused Trump of interfering with a home investigation into the Ukraine issue.
CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt contributed to this report.