Trump’s Impeachment Trial is Set

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Janell Wang, Staff Writer

President Joe Biden was sworn in last week and the Trump administration has been replaced, but things are not over yet for former President Donald Trump. On Jan. 13, Trump was impeached for the second time during his first term, making him the first president to have been impeached twice. He was impeached for inciting insurrection on the capital. His impeachment trial is set for the week of Feb. 8.

An agreement was struck after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell negotiated with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to push back the impeachment trial to February, to give more time for Trump’s legal team to prepare. Democrats were on board with the idea of delaying the impeachment trial as they wanted to finalize President Biden’s Cabinet nominees and the Senate power-sharing agreement.

Republicans called the trial unconstitutional and claimed that it violates President Biden’s inauguration message of unity. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected this notion.

“The fact is, the president of the United States committed an act of incitement of insurrection,” Pelosi said. “I don’t think it’s very unifying to say, ‘Oh, let’s just forget it and move on.’ That’s not how you unify.”

Not all Republicans are against this impeachment trial, as ten of them had voted in favor of impeachment and some said that they would be open to convicting Trump.

In Trump’s first impeachment trial, House impeachment managers attempted to utilize witness testimonies to convict Trump of seeking out Ukraine’s help in undermining then-candidate Biden. This failed as Republicans voted against hearing witnesses. Whether or not witnesses will be used for this trial is not yet confirmed.

This time around, as House impeachment managers are getting their case ready for the Senate, Democrats are hoping for at least 17 Republicans to get on board with convicting Trump. Senator McConnell has previously stated that he may consider it, however, some Republicans have warned that the GOP will diminish their support for him if he does.

Trump will be represented by Butch Bowers from South Carolina, as confirmed by Senator Lindsey Graham in a conference call with other Republican senators and Jason Miller, Trump’s campaign spokesman. Senator Graham has stated the argument will be centered around the impeachment being unconstitutional.

The Senate will be busy in the upcoming month as Trump’s impeachment trial begins.

 

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