Will the ex-US president get away with it?

Will the ex-US president get away with it?

Donald Trump is no longer president, but should still be removed from office. Is there a majority for this in the Senate? The alternative is that his supporters have to go to court and he remains unscathed.

From Tuesday the greatest possible drama that is conceivable in Washington unfolds. Donald Trump is charged with incitement to riot. If he is convicted, he may never run for public office again, which of course would be a tremendous satisfaction for all those who despise Trump and the maximum sentence for the king of self-adulation.

The Trump’s lawyers have written comments on the allegations taken. They do not address the storm on the Capitol. They argue that their client is no longer what he was and would have liked to stay. He has been a privateer since January 20th and can therefore no longer be subjected to impeachment that can be used solely to eliminate public officials. That is the logic of the defense.

Trump’s case is complicated

Of course, there are a few precedents. William Belknap was a war minister (that’s what the US foreign ministers were called at the time) who had taken bribes. In 1876, he resigned just in time before he could be forced to do so by impeachment. Nevertheless, the proceedings continued, but did not find the required majority – not because the misconduct was not so bad, but because Belknap was no longer in office.

Donald Trump supporters storm the US Capitol: how much responsibility does the former president bear for the attack? (Source: AP / dpa)

In 1926, a judge named George English was charged with bribery. He resigned, and therefore the Senate decided not to continue impeachment.

Donald Trump’s case is more complicated than these two historical cases. He did not resign to avoid impeachment. It is not about corruption either, but rather inciting people to riot. The storm on the Capitol occurred on January 6, when Trump was undoubtedly still president. The speech he addressed to his followers had – to put it neutrally – an animating effect. This was followed by the break-in of the Capitol, the hunt for MPs, the death threats (“Hang Pence!”), The devastation of the Capitol and the death of five people. Donald Trump praised what his supporters did: “We love you! You are very special.”

Republicans wrestle with storming the Capitol

Should this incredible behavior go unpunished? Will Trump get away with it? Do you only have to pay for the ardent supporters, but not the president for whom they stormed the Capitol?

No, it can’t be, it can’t be. This is how the Democrats argue, which is easy to understand. The storming of the Capitol is an event of historic proportions that must be negotiated as intended: as impeachment in the Senate. And if not enough Republicans pull themselves togetherTo condemn the politically responsible president for incitement to riot, they have to live with that shame. That is the logic of the Democrats.

Still, the strange fact remains that a president who is no longer president is about to be removed from office. In the two historical cases, the fact that the delinquent had already resigned played the decisive role in the waiver of conviction. It was just like that on August 9, 1974, when Richard Nixon gave up to escape impeachment. Shortly afterwards, on September 8, 1974, his successor Gerald Ford pardoned him. It was probably a game that was agreed: You go voluntarily, I’ll make sure that you don’t have to go to jail.

The Trump case is singular. He did not resign, let alone that he could count on amnesty. His term of office just ended. Now it has a sequel that will go down in history.

A simple numbers game

The drama will cast a spell over America and us. Right is ideally against justice. One America that Trump admires stands against the other America that Trump hates. Principle stands against principle. But in the end it’s just a simple numbers game that decides how the impeachment will end.

67 is called the golden number. 67 is the required two-thirds majority in the Senate. Only if 67 votes come together, Donald Trump will be convicted. But the Senate is just as divided as the country: 50 Republicans here, 50 Democrats there. So 17 Republicans have to join the Democrats for impeachment to happen. Is that likely?

Is not it. Maybe a handful of Republicans will vote with the Democrats, not more, it looks like. The others will say what Trump’s defenders say: A president who is no longer president cannot be removed from office.

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Author: Killian Jones
Graduated From Princeton University.He has been at the USTV since 2017.
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