Saturday, January 09, 2021
Second impeachment from Trump
Democrat announces resolution for Monday
Will Donald Trump go down in history as the first US President to face two impeachment proceedings? All signs point to it. A high-ranking Democrat would like to open the process on the weekend. The upcoming president wants to stay out of it.
The Democrats in the House of Representatives are pushing ahead with a second impeachment trial against US President Donald Trump after the riots at the Capitol, in which five people died. House leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday evening after a conference with her Democratic group colleagues: “It is the MEPs hope that the president will resign immediately.” In the event that this does not happen, she has instructed the Rules Committee to prepare for impeachment proceedings. Trump’s term of office ends on January 20 with the swearing-in of Democrat Joe Biden.
In a draft resolution prepared by Democratic MPs, the intended impeachment is justified with a single charge: “inciting riot”. It accuses Trump of inciting his supporters at a rally to storm the Capitol. The Republican continued his efforts to obstruct the certification of the presidential election results. With his behavior, Trump had shown “that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the constitution if he is allowed to stay in office,” the draft said. Trump must therefore be removed from office. He must also be banned from future government offices.
The White House warns
Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette said it was planned to introduce the resolution next Monday. “Every second that President Trump stays in office is a threat to the American people,” she wrote on Twitter. “The House of Representatives should vote on impeachment as soon as possible – this weekend if possible.” DeGette led the first House Impeachment on behalf of Nancy Pelosi.
Trump would be the first president in US history to face two such trials. Perhaps for this reason, the White House warned of the consequences of another attempted impeachment shortly before the change of power in Washington. “A politically motivated impeachment against a president who did a great job with twelve days left in office will only serve to further divide our great country,” said spokesman Judd Deere. He also referred to Trump’s words the day before that it was time for healing and unity.
Prevention of a new candidacy?
In the House of Representatives ruled by the Democrats, approval to initiate impeachment proceedings is considered certain. However, it would be decided in the US Senate. The fact that the proceedings in the Senate could be concluded before Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in on January 20 is virtually impossible. The Senate will not meet for its next regular session until January 19. According to a memorandum, which the outgoing Republican majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, is supposed to have circulated according to the “Washington Post”, it emerges that a trial under the current rules could start at 1pm at the earliest on January 20, an hour later Biden’s introduction to the presidency.
The Democrats in Congress may not be pursuing Trump’s premature dismissal with the process: If the Senate should find him guilty, Trump could also be banned from holding public offices of the federal government in the future – this would prevent him from running for the 2024 presidential election. For a conviction, however, at least 67 of the 100 senators would have to vote. For such a two-thirds majority, 17 Republicans would have to support the future 50 Democrats in the Senate, which is currently not foreseeable. Should that happen anyway, a simple majority would be enough to lock Trump out of federal offices in the future.
“He just wants to stay there for his ego”
Lisa Murkowski from Alaska was the first female Republican Senator to call for Trump to resign on Friday. “I want him to resign,” said the inner-party critic of Trump’s Anchorage Daily News from her home state. “He’s done enough damage.”
The Senator made Trump jointly responsible for the attack on the Capitol on Wednesday. She also accused him of failing in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of worrying about it, Trump went to play golf or sat angry in the Oval Office, Murkowski said. “He just wants to stay in the White House because of the title. He just wants to stay there for his ego.”
Biden is staying out of it
The future US President Biden announced that he would not intervene in a decision on the opening of impeachment proceedings. The decision lies with Congress, he said in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. His task and that of his future government is to take care of the fight against the coronavirus, Covid-19 vaccinations and economic development as a matter of urgency. Biden emphasized at the same time: “I have long thought that President Trump is unsuitable to hold office.” That was the reason why he decided to run for office.
Impeachment proceedings in the Senate could make the start of his new government much more difficult for Biden. The chamber would largely block the proceedings for weeks pending a judgment. Biden, however, depends on the senators confirming his nominated cabinet members and numerous high-ranking government officials in office. He also needs the powerful Congress Chamber for important legislative projects, for example in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.