The leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, announced this Friday that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the also Democrat Nancy Pelosi, will send the article of the Senate to the Senate on Monday. impeachment to former President Donald Trump, which will formally begin the process.
Trump, punished with a historic impeachment for inciting violence against the US Government
Trump, the first president in US history to be subjected to two political trials, It will be on this occasion under the charge of “inciting insurrection” for the violent assault on the Capitol on January 6 of a mob of his followers, which left five dead.
Schumer has said that Pelosi has relayed the decision was broadcast, but has not given further details on how the trial will unfold. As explained by the New York TimesOnce the article arrives, Senate rules say the chamber must almost immediately transform itself into a prosecution court and judge until a verdict is reached.
Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had proposed to his Democratic colleagues to delay the impeachment trial until February, to give the former president time to seize a legal team to represent him. McConnell confirmed the request on Thursday and, asked by journalists if he had already received a response, said “not yet”, but that the talks were still open.
Unlike the first political trial to which Trump was subjected, last year, the Senate will have a Democratic majority this time, so it will be these who ultimately decide the format of the process against Trump.
On Wednesday of last week the House of Representatives approved, with the support of ten Republican representatives, subject the former president to a second political trial. Trump has thus become the first US president to be subjected to two processes of this type. He has been held responsible by the legislators for the assault on the Capitol for previously haranguing his followers and asking them to go to the headquarters of the legislature to defend their rights and demonstrate their strength.
When the attack occurred, legislators were holding a session to certify the electoral votes obtained by Biden and therefore to confirm his victory, in the face of repeated false claims by Trump about electoral fraud. Despite the fact that the trial can no longer involve the removal of Trump, since this Wednesday he left office, a conviction could lead to him being disqualified from holding public positions in the future.