Trump impeachment article to be sent to Senate, triggering trial

25 Janvier, 2021, 13:32 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Mitch Mc Connell wearing a suit and tie in front of a flag Much of Trump's fate in the Senate trial will rest in the hands of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who has been cagey about his plans

"We already have a flaming fire in this country, and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire". "There are other things that we'd rather be working on instead".

Time may now be on Donald Trump's side.

Multiple people in Trump's orbit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, say Trump has told people that the third-party threat gives him leverage to prevent Republican senators from voting to convict him during the Senate impeachment trial.

Mr. Romney was the only congressional Republican to vote for an article of impeachment against Mr. Trump for the former president's role in allegedly strong-arming Ukraine into digging up dirt on now-President Biden. Trump has denied the charges and said his remarks were "totally appropriate".

As the Senate progresses with political impeachment hearings, Rubio said he believes Trump is "entitled to due process...to a defense".

It will mark two historic firsts - Trump is the only US president to have been impeached by the House twice and will be the first to face trial after leaving office.

Ever since Trump's impeachment, the federal law enforcement officials have been examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress including threats about killing legislators or attacking them outside of the U.S. Capitol, a U.S. official told The Associated Press.

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"And history held Richard Nixon quite accountable for what he did as a result", Rubio said, before going onto say that Trump "bears responsibility for some of what happened". Rounds noted the Senate should be more focused on other matters, such as confirming Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees. Democrats say the extra days will allow for more evidence to come out about the rioting by Trump supporters, while Republicans hope to craft a unified defence for Trump. "I think it's counterproductive", Florida Sen.

Rubio also pledged to vote against the trial if presented with the opportunity. The support of at least 17 Senate Republicans would be needed in order to convict him. A supermajority vote of two-thirds is necessary to convict in the Senate. On Sunday, Cotton said "the more I talk to other Republican senators, the more they're beginning to line up" behind that argument. "So I think it's a moot point, and I think it's one that they would have a very hard time in trying to get done within the Senate".

But to "stir it up again" could only hurt the country, said Rubio, a presidential candidate beaten by Trump in the 2016 primary.

"We fight like hell and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore", Trump said in existential terms.

Trump was acquitted in his first trial previous year, which took almost three weeks and dealt with charges the president had abused his power and obstructed Congress in relation to his call pressing Ukraine to investigate Biden.

Trump's supporters invaded the Capitol and interrupted the electoral count as he falsely claimed there was massive fraud in the election and that it was stolen by Biden. "Who are we to tell voters who they can vote for in the future?" Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday the second trial would be fairly quick.

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