On Tuesday, the US Senate started a second trial against the now former President Donald Trump. The Republican, who was succeeded by Joe Biden as President of the United States on January 20, has to answer for “inciting insurrection” in the run-up to the storming of the Parliament building on January 6.
The trial led by the longest serving Democratic Senator, Patrick Leahy, begins with a vote on the rules of the process followed by a four-hour debate on whether the procedure is constitutional. According to Trump‘s lawyers, this is not the case because he is no longer president. On the basis of historical examples, the prosecutors believe that this is the case and are supported by many ground experts.
Earlier, the Senate voted on a motion from Republican Senator Rand Paul stating that persecution of Trump would be unconstitutional. That one didn’t make it. Of the hundred senators, 55 voted against the motion, including five Republicans. The remaining 45 Republicans were in favour of stopping the prosecution.
Trump is the first president to have two impeachment proceedings on his pants. Although he is already no longer a president, the Democratic Prosecutors believe that he should be subject to an expulsion procedure for insurrection and for the protection of American democracy. Important point besides “truth finding” is that they want to prevent Trump from ever running for federal office again.
Trump‘s behaviour “has endangered the life of every member of Congress” and has “jeopardized the peaceful transfer of power and the line of succession”, the prosecutors led by deputy Jamie Raskin. The storm of the Capitol in Washington on January 6 by Trump supporters killed five people, including a cop.
The first “lawsuit” against Trump took place between December 2019 and February 2020 and, according to a majority in the House of Representatives, he was guilty of “abuse of power” and obstruction of Congress’s investigation into it set. He was accused of calling for foreign aid to control the presidential elections. He also instructed subordinates not to give documents to the investigators and not to testify.
Trump was acquitted on both counts after a three-week trial in the Senate. The prosecutors did not come close to the necessary two-thirds majority required for a conviction.