Donald Trump’s Impeachment and The Senate Trial

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The two impeachment articles that got Donald Trump impeached on Wednesday by the  House are

Article 1: Abuse of Power

Donal Trump is accused of using the power of the presidency for his own benefit. It alleged that Trump uses the federal government and taxpayers money for personal benefits

Article 2: Obstruction of Congress

Donald Trump is accused of blocking congress investigation into his alleged wrongdoings.

The first article got 230 votes against Trump and 197 votes for Trump, and article 2 got 229 votes against Trump and 198 for Trump.

When Will Trump be Finally Removed From Office?

It is the senate trial that will determine this.

According to the constitution of the United States, a president who has been impeached by the House can still serve as president. It’s up to the Senate to hold a trial to decide whether to remove him from office.

The stand of the constitution was witnessed when the House impeached Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson. After trial by the Senate , they were both acquitted by the Senate. Would Trump add to the list of Impeached but acquitted?

It is also the provisions of the constitution that the Senate has to hold a trial, with the senators sitting as jurors, House lawmakers serving as prosecutors known as managers, and the chief justice of the United States presiding over it. Senators must take a public vote, and two-thirds of those present must agree on whether to convict the president and thus remove him from office. But the Constitution doesn’t provide exactly how to hold a trial.

Previous Senate Trials

The only modern guide is Clinton’s impeachment trial, which allowed no new evidence and only taped witness testimony of key witnesses. It was largely considered a successful example of bipartisan cooperation, as Republicans worked with Democrats to put together as fair a trial as possible.

Possible Cog for Trump

It is supposed that the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer will try to come to a compromise beforehand on what witnesses to call to avoid a big, dramatic battle during the trial. But it seems they have different views on how to do this. Schumer has said he wants people close to the president during the period scrutinized in the impeachment inquiry, such as Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, or former national security adviser John Bolton, to testify. But according to the Washington Post, McConnell wants no witness at all. Republicans are also feeling pressured by Trump, who appears ready to use the Senate trial to attack his political opponents and try to undermine his impeachment.

The Battle

Though the Senate trial is in the hands of the  Republican, it was gathered that some House Democrats are trying to influence the trial. The plans is that about 36 of the House Democrats want to hold back the impeachment articles from going to the Senate immediately. This will delay the Senate trial  as Trump so badly wants to clear his name. Again they want to put pressure on Republicans to consider inviting witnesses who could be damaging to Trump. Even House leadership- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters she wouldn’t be naming House managers until she sees the parameters of the Senate trial and is assured it is fair. This is a strong indication that she believes a fair trial includes witnesses.

When is Trump’s Trial?

Senators will come to an agreement on a date to start the trial as soon as they get the articles. It is most expected in January 2020.

In previous trials, Senators proceeded by taking an oath of impartiality and will work six days a week until they’ve voted on both articles of impeachment. If there are witnesses, senators can ask them questions in writing, and the presiding official, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is expected to read it out loud.

However the president can choose his own lawyers, and they can cross-examine witnesses. The chief justice has the capacity to overrule anything in the trial that he feels is out of line with the rules, but it is interesting that senators can overrule him with a vote.

Trumps Fate After the Trial

If Donald  Trump is convicted on even one count, the Constitution says he has to be removed from office.