Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene vows to file articles of impeachment against Biden

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 14, 2021

Following last week's Capitol riots - where a number of Trump supporters stormed Congress in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election victory - the US House of Representatives voted to impeach the president in a 232-197 vote.

"I'm not terribly surprised that top tier conservative attorneys who a Republican president might normally turn to would not be interested in jumping on this particular grenade", said Keith Whittington, a politics professor at Princeton University.

During Trump's first impeachment trial, Pelosi wore a gold brooch of the Mace of the Republic, a symbol of the House of Representatives authority. "They have lasted 83 days, 37 days and 21 days, respectively", he noted in a statement. The question should be whether the impeached officer was President at the time of impeachment. The U.S. House of Representatives impeached Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress, the culmination of an effort by Democrats that further inflamed partisan tensions in Washington and deepened the nations ideological divide.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican Trump ally-turned-critic, has said the trial would only begin before January 19, implicitly ensuring full proceedings will unfold after Democrats take charge with the swearing-in of President-elect Joe Biden, vice-president Kamala Harris, and newly -elected Senators.

The vote came a week after thousands of Trump supporters carried out a deadly attack and occupation of the U.S. Capitol Building.

In the Democrats' dream scenario, the Senate would have convened in emergency session to conduct a lightening trial before January 20, forcing Trump to step down.

If they vote to convict, it will be once the President has left office, but even if they do so before it wouldn't prevent him from running again in 2024.

Sources have added Mr McConnell may be in favour of impeaching to remove his influence from the GOP. Others have suggested that John Eastman, a lawyer who spoke at the January 6 rally near the White House, may be tapped.

"I think it's reflective of where Trump's own status is these days in which he has relatively little to offer and people don't want to be associated with him generally", Whittington said. "The fact is he's not going to get the A team".

Another reason for good lawyers remaining on the sidelines is the pressure being applied to law firms by interest groups such as the Lincoln Project, said Jonathan Turley, a constitutional-law professor at George Washington University Law School.

Trump could, in theory, issue a blanket pardon that covers himself and his children up until the time he leaves office, according to CNN's source.

Trump has also made it harder for himself by suggesting Rudy Giuliani should be involved, but the controversial former NY mayor is unlikely to be on the president's defense team, an administration official said.

Rudy Giuliani speaks during a legislative hearing in Lansing, Michigan, on December 2.

At the same time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been making arrests across the country relating to the riots, prompting some to wonder whether Trump would try to squeeze in more pardons before his term is up, including pardoning his supporters, his family, and even himself.

The image on the right was taken on December 18, 2019, and shows Pelosi presiding over Trump's first impeachment.

This makes him the first president in USA history to be impeached twice. Landmark though it is, the initial decision to impeach won't have an immediate effect, but it could eliminate a future career path for the President.

"This would be considered a strong defense case", Turley said.

-With assistance from Josh Wingrove and Billy House.

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