The Second Impeachment of Trump

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US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One before departing Harlingen, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Aaliyah Williams and Makayla Kellem

Recently, there has been a trial against former President Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection. This trial lies in the hands of the Republican senators

Opinion | Impeach Donald Trump - The New York Times

The United States Constitution provides that the House of Representatives,

“shall have the sole power of impeachment” ( Article 1, section 2) and that

“the Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments… but no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present” ( Article 1, section 3). 

All civil officers of the United States –even the President and Vice president– are subject to this process. 

Illinois lawmakers respond to second impeachment of President Trump

Trump was impeached by a vote on January 13, 2021, one week before his term was due to expire, and nearly one year after his first impeachment. 

Trump is expected to be convicted by a two-thirds majority of voting senators -67 if all 100 members vote- and the Democratic caucus will only number 50 senators. Therefore, to convict Trump, they will need 17 Republicans to join them. 

If convicted, Trump will be barred from holding public office again. On January 6 in Washington, DC, the pro-Trump crowd marched on the US Capitol and hundreds stormed past multiple police barricades to invade the halls of Congress. Five people died as a result of the riot. Trump hired South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers to help on his defense. 

 

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader, proposed to push back the start of Trump’s trial so that he may prepare and review his case. Due to the riot at the capitol on January 6, the House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump were signaled to move quicker.

“Senate Republicans strongly believe we need a full and fair process where the former president can mount a defense and the senate can properly consider the factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake,” Says McConnell.