Australian News

Australian news and media publication


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the program on Friday.

“There will be a trial,” Schumer said. “It will be a full trial, it will be a fair trial”

On the first full day of Democratic control, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., walks into the chamber after meeting with new senators from his group, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, January 21. of 2021.
On the first full day of Democratic control, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., walks into the chamber after meeting with new senators from his group, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, January 21. of 2021. (AP)

Trump is the first president to be indicted twice and the first to face trial after leaving office.

Although the transmission of the article starts the trial, the timetable ahead remains uncertain.

On Thursday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposed delaying the start of Trump’s impeachment until February to give the former president time to prepare and review his case.

House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last week for inciting the deadly January 6 riots in the United States Capitol they said a full reckoning is necessary before the country – and Congress – can move forward.
President Donald Trump listens during a ceremony to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former soccer coach Lou Holtz, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Washington.
Trump is the first president to be indicted twice and the first to face trial after leaving office (AP)
Nancy Pelosi signs impeachment article

Vote to impeach Donald Trump finalized in writing

But McConnell in a statement Thursday night suggested a longer timeline that would allow the House to air the impeachment article next week, on Jan. 28, kicking off the first phase of the trial. After that, the Senate would give the president’s defense team and House prosecutors two weeks to report. Discussions at the trial are likely to begin in mid-February.

“Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the institution of the Senate, the office of the presidency and former President Trump himself deserve a full and fair process that respects their rights and the serious factual, legal and constitutional issues at stake. ., “especially given the unprecedented speed of the House process,” McConnell said.

Schumer, DN.Y., is reviewing the plan and will discuss it with McConnell, a spokesperson said. The two leaders are also negotiating how the new 50-50 Senate will function and how they will balance other priorities.

Nancy Pelosi with impeachment papers (Getty)
Nancy Pelosi with impeachment papers (Getty) (Getty)

The trial delay could attract some Democrats, as it would give the Senate more time to confirm President Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees and debate a new round of coronavirus relief. Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a key ally of the president, told CNN that Democrats would consider a delay “if we are making progress in confirming the talented, experienced and diverse team that President Joe Biden nominated.

Pelosi said Trump doesn’t deserve a “get out of jail card” just because he left office and Biden and others are calling for national unity.

Facing his second impeachment trial in two years, Trump began building his defense team by hiring attorney Butch Bowers to represent him, according to a consultant. Bowers previously served as an attorney for former South Carolina governors. Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina helped Trump find Bowers after members of his previous legal teams indicated they did not plan to join the new effort. Trump is at a disadvantage compared to his first trial, in which he had the full resources of the White House attorney’s office to defend him.

Heading into his second impeachment trial in two years, Trump began assembling his defense team (Photo: January 20, 2021) (AP)

Pelosi’s nine impeachment managers, who will prosecute the House case, have met regularly to discuss strategy. Pelosi said she would speak with them “in the next few days” about when the Senate might be ready for a trial.

Shortly before the January 6 uprising, Trump told thousands of his supporters at a rally near the White House that they would “fight like hell” against the election results that Congress certified. A crowd marched toward the Capitol and rushed inside, interrupting the count. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the chaos, and the House indicted Trump a week later, with 10 Republicans joining all Democrats in support.

Pelosi said it would be “detrimental to unity” to forget that “people died here on January 6, the attempt to undermine our election, to undermine our democracy, to disgrace our Constitution.”

Protesters and rioters surrounding the United States Capitol building.
Protesters and rioters surrounding the United States Capitol building. (AP)

Trump was acquitted by the Republican-led Senate in his first impeachment trial. The White House legal team, with the help of Trump’s personal attorneys, aggressively fought the House charges that he had encouraged the President of Ukraine to investigate Biden in exchange for military aid. This time, Pelosi noted, the House is not seeking to condemn the president for private conversations, but for a very public insurrection that they themselves experienced and that was broadcast on live television.

“This year, the whole world witnessed the incitement of the president,” Pelosi said.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the second Senate Democrat, said it was still too early to know how long a trial would take or if Democrats would want to call witnesses. But he said, “You don’t need to tell us what was going on with the mob scene where we were running down the stairs to escape.”

McConnell, who said this week that Trump “provoked” his supporters before the riot, has not said how he will vote. He told his Republican colleagues that it will be a vote of conscience.

Electoral college votes are presented when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Vice President Mike Pence officiate as a joint session of the House and Senate reconvened to confirm the college votes. election on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP)

Democrats would need the support of at least 17 Republicans to condemn Trump, a very high bar. While a handful of Senate Republicans have indicated they are open to conviction, most have said they believe a trial will be divisive and questioned the legality of trying a president after he has left office.

Graham said that if he were Trump’s attorney, he would focus on that argument and the merits of the case, and whether it was “incitement” under the law.

Joint session of Congress on the certification of votes of the Electoral College
Republicans listen during a closing prayer for a joint House and Senate session to confirm Electoral College votes on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

“I suppose the public record is your television screen,” Graham said. “So I don’t see why this would take so long.”


www.9news.com.au

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *