The United States Senate is starting the second impeachment trial against former President Trump this week. Not to drop him off, because he‘s already blown off, but to make a point.
The Democrats see the storming of the Capitol on January 6 as a failed coup and believe that it cannot just be ignored. And it’s more than symbolism: Trump can also lose all kinds of rights if he is convicted, such as the possibility of ever being elected to a public office again. The central question is whether Trump has heated his supporters to storm the Capitol.
In his first impeachment trial, Trump was acquitted. At the second probably too, yet everything is different this time. Lawyer and connoisseur of American state law Kenneth Manusama explains in podcast De Dag what the differences are.
What is unique in any case is that the senators who are about to make a verdict themselves witnessed the violence for which Trump is being charged. They had to run for their lives. How will that experience affect the process?
Furthermore, according to Manusama, the line of defence of Trump‘s lawyers is thin and the Republicans must balance principles and political opportunism.
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