Washington (AP) – Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial The week is being opened with a sense of urgency – by Democrats who want to hold the former president responsible for the violent US Capitol siege and Republicans who want it as quickly as possible.
The program begins on Tuesday, more than a month after the deadly riotsThe proceedings are expected to result in Trump’s acquittal, a year before Trump accused him of pressuring Ukraine to privately dig dirt on a Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, now president. This time, Trump’s January 6 rally played for the world to “fight like hell” and watch the Capitol storm. While Trump could very well be acquitted again, the trial could be over in half the time.
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By now, it appears that some witnesses will be called, as prosecutors and defense lawyers speak directly to the senators Sworn to deliver “fair justice” as gamblers. Most are also witnesses to the siege, fleeing to safety that day as rioters broke into the Capitol and temporarily halted the electoral count certifying Biden’s victory.
Defense attorney for trump Denying him a request to testify. In his Mar-a-Lago club, the former president has been silenced by Twitter on social media without public comments since leaving the White House,
Instead, House managers who are lobbying the case are expected to rely on a trove of videos from the siege, as well as Trump’s fiery rhetoric, refusing to win the election, to make their case. Her new defense team has said that she plans to make fiery speeches with her own cache of Democratic politicians.
“We have an unusual situation where more than 100 witnesses will already be present on the first day of trial, when those managers walk on the Senate floor,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, who led. Trump’s first impeachment would be “a strategic call if you need additional witnesses.”
Trump is the first president to seek impeachment twice, and faces only one trial after leaving the White House. The Democratic-led House approved the only charge, “inciting rebellion,” the most violent attack on Congress in more than 200 years, acting swiftly a week after the riots. Five people, including a woman, were killed and a police officer was killed inside the building, who died the next day.
Democrats argue that it is not only about convincing, but the former president can be held responsible for his actionsEven if he is out of office. For Republicans, Trump will test his political loyalty to Trump and his enduring grip on the GOP.
Initially repulsed by graphic images of the siege, Republican senators including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell denounced the violence and pointed the finger of blame at Trump. But in recent weeks GOP senators argued about Trump, saying his comments did not make him responsible for the violence. They also question the validity of testing someone now in office.
On Sunday, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi described Trump’s impeachment trial as a “meaningless message biased practice.” Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky called the proceedings a “zero chance of punishment” and described Trump’s language and rally’s words as “rhetorical” speech.
Senators were sworn in as gamblers at the end of last month, shortly after Biden was inaugurated, but trial proceedings were delayed as Democrats focused on confirming the new president’s initial cabinet pickets And Republicans sought to inflict as much of the bloody riots as possible.
At the time, Paul forced a vote to consider the test unconstitutional because Trump is no longer in office, drawing 44 other Republicans on his argument.
A prominent conservative lawyer, Charles Cooper, denies that view, writing in a Wall Street Journal opinion paper Sunday that the constitution allows the Senate to try pre-authoritatively, an important counter-argument for Republican senators Is, who look to be familiar with moving constitutionally. claims that.
One of Trump’s staunch defenders, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said he believed Trump’s actions were wrong and “he’s going to make a place in history for all of this,” but insisted that This is not a Senate job for a judge.
“It’s not a question of how the trial ends, it’s a question of when it ends,” Graham said. “Republicans are going to see this as an unconstitutional practice, and the only question is whether they will call witnesses, how long does the trial take? But the result is not really in doubt.”
But 45 votes in favor of Paul’s measure suggested the closeness of arriving at a sentence in the Senate where Democrats hold 50 seats but two-thirds of the vote – or 67 senators – would need to convict Trump. Only five Republican senators reject Paul’s proposal in conjunction with Democrats: Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania.
Schiff was on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Wicker spoke on ABC’s “This Week”, Paul was on “Fox News Sunday” and Graham was on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.
Associated Press authors Eric Tucker and Marie Claire Jalonic contributed to this report.