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Trump is the only president to have been indicted twice and the first to be indicted when he leaves the White House, an increasingly extraordinary end to the defeated president’s term.

In pursuing the conviction, House impeachment managers said Thursday they will argue that Trump’s incendiary rhetoric hours before the bloody attack on Capitol Hill was not isolated, but part of an escalating campaign to overturn the results of the elections. November elections.

It culminated, they will argue, in the Republican president’s rallying cry to “fight like hell” while Congress was counting the Electoral College votes to confirm that he had lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
Donald Trump could face impeachment the day he leaves office.
Donald Trump could face impeachment the day he leaves office. (AP)

The trial could begin shortly after Biden takes the oath of office next Wednesday, but some Democrats are pushing for a later trial to give him time to set up his administration and work on other priorities.

National Guard troops are already flooding the city and protecting the Capitol amid warnings of more violence ahead of the inauguration.

It’s a very different picture, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as threats of violence, traditional pomp, and the peaceful transfer of power.

Whenever it begins, impeachment will force further reckoning for the Republican Party and senators who largely supported Trump during his presidency and allowed him to spread false attacks on the 2020 elections.

Last week’s assault enraged lawmakers, shocked the nation and displayed disturbing images around the world, the most serious violation of the Capitol since the War of 1812 and the worst by local intruders.

National Guard troops bivouacking on the floor of the United States Capitol building.
National Guard troops bivouacking on the floor of the United States Capitol building. (AP)

“The only way to reunify this divided and broken country is to shed light on the truth,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pennsylvania, who will serve as impeachment manager.

“That’s what the Senate trial will be about,” he told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Trump was indicted Wednesday by the House of Representatives on a single count, inciting insurrection, in lightning-fast proceedings just a week after the siege.

Ten Republicans joined all Democrats in voting 232-203 for impeachment.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is open to considering impeachment, having told associates he is done with Trump, but has not indicated how he would vote.

Capitol fenced off after a day of chaos

McConnell continues to have a huge influence on his party, although calling the trial next week could be one of his last acts as Majority Leader as Democrats prepare to take control of the Senate.

No president has been convicted in the Senate, and two-thirds of the votes against Trump would be needed, an extremely high hurdle.

Two new Georgia senators, both Democrats, will be sworn in, leaving the house split 50-50.

That will tip the majority to the Democrats once Kamala harris takes office. The vice president is the tiebreaker.
Trump's White House staff is taking a lot of his stuff out of the building today.
Trump’s White House staff is taking a lot of his stuff out of the building today. (AP)

But Trump’s conviction is not out of the question, especially as wealthy corporations and political donors distance themselves from his style of politics and the Republicans who supported his attempt to overturn the election.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Thursday: “Such illegal actions cannot be without consequences.”

She said in a statement that the House responded “appropriately” with impeachment and will consider the arguments of the trial.

At least four Republican senators have publicly expressed concern over Trump’s actions, but others have signaled a preference for moving forward.

Senator. Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, issued a statement saying he opposes impeachment against a president who has left office.

Trump’s ally Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is building support for an alternative of launching a commission to investigate the siege.

Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski has said she will vote to convict Donald Trump.
Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski has said she will vote to convict Donald Trump. (AP)

Before opening arguments, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, another impeachment manager, suggested that senators be asked to focus on their own experiences on the day of the attack.

“You don’t have to tell anyone who was in the building twice what it was like to be terrified,” Swalwell said.

The riot delayed the Electoral College vote counting that was the last step in finalizing Biden’s victory as lawmakers fled for refuge and police, gun in hand, blocked the doors of the House chamber.

A Capitol Police officer died from injuries sustained in the attack, and police shot and killed a woman.

Three other people died in what authorities said were medical emergencies.

Per Senate procedure, the trial will begin shortly after the House delivers the impeachment article. The earliest the calendar has senators in session again is Tuesday.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, signs the articles of impeachment.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, signs the articles of impeachment. (AP)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not said when she will take the next crucial step in transmitting the impeachment article to the Senate.

After Trump’s first impeachment trial in 2019, he withheld the articles for a time to set the stage for Senate action.

Biden has said the Senate should be able this time to divide its work, start the trial and work on its priorities, including swift confirmation of its cabinet nominees.

On inauguration day, the Senate generally confirms some of the new president’s cabinets, particularly national security officials.

Biden’s election of Avril Haines as director of national intelligence will have a hearing Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“We are working with Republicans to try to find a way forward,” the office of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said.

President Donald Trump walks down the steps before a speech near a section of the border wall between the United States and Mexico.
President Donald Trump walks down the steps before a speech near a section of the border wall between the United States and Mexico. (AP)

Democratic Senator Chris Coons, a Biden ally, said the tension among Democrats is based on moving quickly through impeachment or focusing on the president-elect’s other priorities. “We are balancing,” he said on CNN.

Locked up in the White House, watching the impeachment process on television, Trump issued a video statement Wednesday night calling on his supporters to refrain from any further violence or disruption of the election. possession of Biden.

“Mafia violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for,” Trump said.

He was first indicted by the House in 2019 for his dealings with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 to acquit him.

Defending the “felonies and misdemeanors” required by the Constitution, the four-page impeachment resolution relies on Trump’s own language to spread falsehoods about the election.

It also seeks to prevent him from returning to public office.

Justices across the country, including some Trump nominees, have repeatedly dismissed cases challenging the election results, and former Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally, has said there were no signs of widespread fraud.

While some have questioned the removal of the president so close to the end of his term, there is a precedent.

Nancy Pelosi signs impeachment article

Vote to impeach Donald Trump finalized in writing

In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, the House of Representatives indicted Secretary of War William Belknap the day he resigned, and the Senate called a trial months later. He was acquitted.


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