In less than 24 hours, former President Donald Trump and his legal team will face a Senate impeachment trial — his second one — only this time it will likely play out much differently than before.
According to the Washington Examiner, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer revealed on Monday that he reached an agreement with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the rules that will dictate how the impeachment trial proceeds, as Democrats attempt to make their case that Trump was responsible for the tragic events that occurred at the Capitol on January 6.
“All parties have agreed to a structure that will ensure a fair and honest Senate impeachment trial of the former president,” Schumer said on Monday.
Interestingly, the proceedings will kick off with a vote on whether or not going through with an impeachment trial is constitutional, given that the person on trial no longer holds public office, which has been a point of contention between the parties since the trial was announced.
“Each side will have ample time to make their arguments,” Schumer said.
Assuming the trial isn’t immediately dismissed, which is something that Trump’s lawyers are pushing for, along with several Senate allies like Sen. Rand Paul, the House impeachment managers, which were named by Pelosi last month, will have a total of 16 hours over a two-day period to convince the Senate jurors that Trump is guilty of the impeachment charge.
Of course, Trump’s legal team will be afforded an equal amount of time to mount their defense.
Should the impeachment managers required witnesses to testify during the trial, Schumer indicated that it will be voted on. Given the current makeup of the Senate, with Democrats having the tie-breaking vote, it’s not unreasonable to believe that they’ll likely win any votes that are associated with the trial, especially as a handful of Republican senators are siding with Democrats on the matter.
The impeachment trial rules were reportedly well-received by the former president, as through his team he issued a statement on Monday indicating as such.
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“President Trump and his counsel are pleased that there was bipartisan support on how to structure the impeachment trial,” Trump said. “We appreciate that Senate Republican leadership stood strong for due process and secured a structure that is consistent with past precedent. This process will provide us with an opportunity to explain to Senators why it is absurd and unconstitutional to hold an impeachment trial against a private citizen.”
In order to successfully convict the former president — which is the ultimate victory for Democrats — two-thirds of the Senate will have to cast a vote for conviction. Because of that, just like last time around, a conviction against Trump is virtually impossible.
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