Trump impeachment: When is his Senate trial and will he testify?

      Published on Friday, 5 February , 2021      42 Views     

  • USA Business

Donald Trump is about to stand trial in the US Senate for his role in the riot at the Capitol on 6 January. He says he won’t give evidence himself, so what can we expect?

The former president is the first in US history to have been charged with misconduct – or impeached – twice by the lower chamber of US Congress.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives accused Mr Trump of encouraging violence with his false claims of election fraud and egging on a mob to storm the Capitol on 6 January.

Some Republicans also backed impeachment in that historic vote.

What happens next?

The Senate trial of Mr Trump, a Republican, begins on Tuesday.

A two-thirds majority in the Senate means a conviction.

If Mr Trump is convicted, senators could also vote to bar him from ever holding public office again.

What is the prosecution’s case?

Donald Trump is “personally responsible” for the riot and must be convicted, Democrats say.

In a pre-trial legal brief, they said his repeated refusal to concede the election led to an “incitement of insurrection against the republic he swore to protect”.

Mr Trump’s “statements turned his ‘wild’ rally on 6 January into a powder keg waiting to blow”, they claim.

They will use his words and footage from the riot to show that “the furious crowd” was “primed (and prepared) for violence if he lit a spark”.

“The evidence is clear,” they wrote. “When other attempts to overturn the presidential election failed, former President Trump incited an attack on the Capitol.”

Although he is no longer in office, they argue “a president must answer comprehensively for his conduct in office from his first day in office through his last”.

They call for him to be disqualified from ever running for office again.

What is Trump’s defence?

Mr Trump’s team will reject the case against him as unconstitutional, claiming that he is private citizen who can no longer be deposed.

His lawyers argue that the Senate cannot act against him “because he holds no public office from which he can be removed”.

They will also claim his pre-riot remarks did not incite his supporters to attack the Capitol.

Mr Trump has rejected that allegation in the past, saying his comments were “totally appropriate”.

His legal team reiterated that denial, saying “the Article of Impeachment misconstrues protected speech and fails to meet the constitutional standard for any impeachable offence”.

In their own pre-trial brief, they call for the case to be dismissed.

Category USA Business | 2021/02/05 latest update at 6:00 AM
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