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It’s time: On Wednesday (January 15), your house of Representatives voted to send both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, NBC News reported. Together with that vote, Speaker of your house Nancy Pelosi announced which seven Democrats will act as impeachment managers to prosecute the case; Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will preside over it all.
The 228-193 vote came down mostly on party lines– Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota was the only Democrat to join every Republican in voting “no,” the New York Times reported. (He was one of the 2 Democrats to vote “no” in the December 2019 impeachment vote, so his breaking party lines isn’t all that unexpected.)
As a suggestion, this comes almost 6 months after President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2016 election interference based on a conspiracy theory, and to dig up dirt on his potential political rival, previous Vice President Joe Biden, and his boy, Hunter Biden; 4 months after a whistleblower wrote a problem about the call; and a month after Trump was officially impeached by the Legislature.
In the Senate, they’ll likely hold a trial, including a complete defense and prosecution. In this case, the defense will be Trump’s own defense lawyers, consisting of Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, Pat Philbin, and Mike Purpura, NPR reported.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee would serve as prosecutors, or impeachment managers. Essentially, they’re the Democrats’ last hope to encourage Senators to vote in favor of removing the President of the United States from office.
As district attorneys, they’ll provide each case for impeachment– abuse of power and obstruction of Congress– to the Senate, who function as jurors. The result of this trial determines if Trump will be founded guilty and removed from workplace and, as a suggestion, that needs a two-thirds bulk vote– meaning all Democrats and at least 20 Republicans will need to vote together to eliminate him.
This is the 3rd authorities impeachment in U.S. history– there were 7 impeachment managers for President Andrew Johnson’s 1868 impeachment, and 13 supervisors for President Expense Clinton’s impeachment, according to U.S.A. Today. (Richard Nixon resigned before the impeachment vote ever boiled down from your house, not to mention went to the Senate.) And we need to take a look at those impeachments for a few of the rules while we await the Senate to inform us how they’re going to run the trial. For instance, the Senate hasn’t informed us for how long each supervisor will need to provide their case; throughout Clinton’s impeachment, the managers and the president’s attorneys had 24 hours to present, and Senators were offered 16 hours to question either side, USA Today reported. After they questioned both sides, they voted.
The supervisors will likely satisfy up quickly, however the trial isn’t anticipated to assemble until Thursday, the New York City Times reported. It’s then that the supervisors will likely bring the articles to the Senate chamber, Justice Roberts will take his oath, and the Senate will summon Trump.
But Republican leaders told the Times that the proceeding won’t really begin until Tuesday after the long weekend. Make no mistake: We’ll all need our rest for this one– and, as the Times reports, the Senate needs to settle the North American trade contract and other legislative products before completely diving into impeachment proceedings.