Columbus political expert weighs in on impeachment proceedings

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 14, 2021

The second impeachment for Trump was nurtured by House Democrats, and several dissenting House Republicans, as they accused Trump of "incitement of insurrection" during the deadly 6 January riots in the US Capitol that left 5 people dead and temporarily disrupted the certification of election results. Here's what we know.

Impeachment is one of the Constitution's gravest penalties.

"We have to make sure that our leaders are held accountable, we can not have a president of the United States that is willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments ..."

Members of the House consider whether to impeach the president - the equivalent of an indictment in a criminal case - and members of the Senate consider whether to remove him, holding a trial in which senators act as the jury.

One of them, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, reminded reporters on Tuesday that he's condemned the Trump presidency from the very beginning.

The charge against Trump is 'incitement of insurrection'. "Their argument is that things have died down and there won't be anymore violence or insurrection".

The article cites Trump's weekslong campaign to falsely discredit the results of the November election, and it quotes directly from the speech he gave on the day of the siege in which he told his supporters to go to the Capitol.

One of President Trump's newest allies in the House said Wednesday night that she will file articles of impeachment against President-elect Joseph R. Biden on January 21, his first day in office, for "abuse of power". Trump received the same ruling a year ago after his 2019 impeachment. That means any conviction would nearly certainly not be completed until after he leaves the White House.

"Is there little time left?"

But McConnell is furious, sources say, over Trump's incitement of the violent riots that turned deadly at the US Capitol last week, and he also blames Trump for the party's failure to hold the two Georgia Senate seats, losses that will send him and Republicans into the minority in the Senate for the next two years.

The biggest effect for Trump could be disqualifying him from holding office again.

Conviction in an impeachment trial would not automatically disqualify Trump from future public office.

That vote would require only a simple majority of senators.

Newly elected Representative Lauren Boebert, a Republican who has vowed to carry her Glock pistol when she is at work in the Capitol, was seen setting off the metal detector alarm on Tuesday evening and then refusing to allow her bag to be searched before entering the chamber.

No US president ever has been removed from office through impeachment.

A Senate trial most likely won't start until after Biden becomes president.

On Thursday Mr Biden said he hoped the Senate could balance the second impeachment trial with "other urgent business" as the coronavirus pandemic rages. "In light of this reality, I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden administration".

McConnell was fiercely opposed to Trump's first impeachment.

Besides considering Mr Trump's fate, Mr Biden noted that the Senate would be considering his nominations for key leadership posts as well as coronavirus relief measures. This time, a handful of conservatives backed the move.

However, there were those who did not feel the same level of excitement about the impeachment.

Trump is now the only American president to be impeached two times.

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