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Trump Impeachment: Mitch McConnell seeks impeachment trial delay until February
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Trump Impeachment: Mitch McConnell seeks impeachment trial delay until February

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader is proposing a delay in impeachment trial of Donald Trump to February, to give his team some time to prepare and review for the trial case. 

House, led by Democrats, had voted last week to impeach Trump for inciting the violence and Capitol Hill attack on January 6. The House wants quick progression into the trial with President Joe Biden beginning his term. Majority of representatives are in favor of stern action to bring justice to the heinous crime against American democracy and the sanctum sanctorum of it, Capitol Hill. 

During a call on Thursday with other GOP senators, McConnell said that a short delay in trial would help Trump’s legal team prepare for the case. 

Mike Braun, Indiana senator said that trial might begin by mid-February. He mentioned it is “due to the fact that the process as it occurred in the House evolved so quickly, and that it is not in line with the time you need to prepare for a defense in a Senate trial.” 

Timing of the trial will be set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as McConnell and Chuck Schumer, the new Senate Majority leader. Schumer is to lead the Senate according to the fact that Democrats won two Senate seats from Georgia that were the deciding seats for Senate win. But the divide is so narrow, that trial decision would be impacted by Republicans say. Currently, Schumer and McConnell are in negotiations on how to frame a 50-50 partisan divide in Senate. 

The key agendas in line, the legislation for which Democrats hope to pass on priority are trial proceeding and President Biden’s relief package including coronavirus relief fund. Their pass would need Republican support in Senate too. 

Pelosi is expected to send the trial article “incitement for insurrection” to Senate by Friday. On Thursday Pelosi said, “It will be soon, I don’t think it will be long, but we must do it.” 

Democrats and many Republicans are clear about one thing – Donald Trump must be impeached for the Capitol violence, which acted as the last straw in the sack. Nancy Pelosi said that in no condition does Trump deserve a “get out of jail card.” 

Mitch McConnell said this week that Trump had “provoked” his supporters leading to riots in the Hill. But he hasn’t confirmed if he would vote for his impeachment, but made a point referring to it to be a “vote of conscience”

Donald Trump impeachment: Is it too late?
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Donald Trump impeachment: Is it too late?

 Donald Trump impeachment: Trump is going to be known in American history for all the wrong reasons – the latest of them being the only United States President to have been impeached twice. Wednesday was historic day as Democrats-led House of Representatives voted to impeach outgoing president Donald Trump. The most remarkable moment of the entire proceeding was inclusion of 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching Trump, making the moral compass highlighted. 

But the next step of Senate voting in favor of the impeachment has been hazed off by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell clarified the reality soon after voting was done by House for Trump impeachment. He said, “Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office. This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact.” 

This means that Senate voting on whether Trump will be removed from office will not happen till January 20, the day he exits White Office. 

This brings us to few questions worth contemplating – can a former president be impeached or removed from office; and does it make it worth the procedure?

Regarding first question of impeaching a former president, debate has been ongoing since forever. Even the Constitution is rather vague on the topic. Article II, Section of Constitution reads, “The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” 

But the clarity on the situation, which is at present, of what will ensue if impeachment process starts when the president is still in office and ends when he is not, is not offered by the Constitution. Constitution leaves it an open interpretation, something that hasn’t been tried before in America real time. 

This brings us to the second question – even if we can impeach the President at this point, what purpose does it solve? 

The face value of this question looks simple straight forward – holding a ‘former president’ on trial to decide if he was guilty of impeachable offences when he was in office doesn’t really make sense. But Senate voting will not only decide on impeaching Trump, but more. If Senate voting goes in favor of impeaching Trump, then the next vote would be held that would ban Trump from seeking any public office in future. The voting would be of simple majority of 50+1 by Senate. 

This will be groundbreaking for the 2024 elections. Trump wouldn’t be running for President, which he has made clear of doing. This can be a good and smart game plan by McConnell who has made it clear that he is done with Trump. This would allow GOP to get ‘rid of Donald Trump’

This brings us to a valid conclusion – it does after all make sense in impeaching Donald Trump and it isn’t too late.

Trump impeachment process fast-tracks as Democrats build up the momentum
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Trump impeachment process fast-tracks as Democrats build up the momentum

Trump impeachment process: The shocking and horrifying unfolding of the Capitol Hill riots acted as the last straw in sack to kick-start the impeachment process of outgoing president Donald Trump. Undoubtedly, one of the most controversial president to have occupied the White House, Trump didn’t leave the last few weeks of his presidency sans controversy and mayhem. The Wednesday Capitol Hill breach by pro-Trump mob was the ticking bomb as infurious Democrats and a good number of Republicans have fast-tracked impeachment of Trump for as early as Monday. 

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats are ready and prepared to start impeachment next week if Donald Trump doesn’t resign. Earlier in afternoon, after Democratic caucus call, Pelosi said that Democrats are prepared to explore every option and use it, including legislation establishment under the 25th Amendment Act that can cause Trump’s removal as well as impeachment. 

Pelosi said, “It is the hope of Members that the President will immediately resign. But if he does not, I have instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared to move forward with Congressman Jamie Raskin’s 25th Amendment legislation and a motion for impeachment. Accordingly, the House will preserve every option, including the 25th Amendment, a motion to impeach or a privileged resolution for impeachment.”

Impeachment resolution is planned to be introduced by House Democrats on Monday as session commences. The impeachment resolution draft consists of “incitement of insurrection” article. The House Rules Committee will meet on Monday or Tuesday to decide on the approval of the impeachment resolution debate. 

As the timeline suggests, it is possible that impeachment vote will be held by mid next week.

However, memo released by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell states that the earliest Senate can take up passed articles for impeachment is after Trump’s presidency term ends. He said that Senate cannot consider the articles while in recess. 

During Friday caucus call, Pelosi made it clear that her priority would be either Trump resigning or Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power. But she also made it clear that in absence of any of the preferred mode of actions, impeachment was a big option. She also said that the possibility of impeaching Trump now is much greater than it was in 2019 when he was first impeached. 

GOP too is exasperated and frustrated at Trump’s actions lately that provoked and enabled his supporters to breach Capitol, the monument signifying America’s democracy. On Friday, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican from Alaska, was the first Senate Republican to call for Trump’s resignation. “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” she said.

Some might argue that it is too late to impeach Trump and that its only about 2 weeks left for his term to end. But when the country known as world’s biggest democracy has been tempered with the very person who is supposed to safeguard it, justice served is never late. 

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