What To Expect For Trump’s Second Impeachment
By Claire Hardwick
President Trump took the 2016 GOP primary by storm. Until his election, the media, the Republicans, and the Democrats did everything they could to keep up with the breaking news. After he was sworn in, there was a hope that what was a chaotic campaign may calm down. President Trump laid out his legislative agenda, and conservatives got on board. While there was still a scandal-laden presidency, he was working to enact specific legislation with a Republican majority in the House and the Senate.
But as the coronavirus epidemic settled into America, and as Trump saw the economy fall out from under him, while also watching his administration struggle to create a cohesive narrative and plan for the pandemic, his campaign looked like it was at a risk to lose to Joe Biden. In the final days, we can look back and see the tailspin that occurred. Before the election even happened, President Trump said the election would be stolen. When he lost, his narrative was already present, and there was no way Trump would concede, as an incumbent, to Obama’s former vice president.
The tailspin that occurred mirrored the tailspin from the Republican primary. There were the Trump loyalists, who attached their political careers to his reputation from the start, have remained right next to him. But for other conservatives, they are taking a stand.
In the first real break from President Trump, Republican lawmakers are calling for their to be serious repercussions for what happened Wednesday at the United States Capitol. Senator Murkowski has called for President Trump’s resignation, and said that if the Republican Party becomes the Trump Party, it is no longer the place for her. Senator Sasse said he is open to voting for impeachment, and Representative Kinzinger has called for Trump’s cabinet to use the 25th amendment to remove him from power.
But now, there is another facet to what has been a disruptive week to our democracy. Trump may face legal consequences for the role he played in the deaths of five Americans, including a Capitol Police Officer. The Department of Justice has already charged 55 people for crimes linked to their involvement storming the Capitol. As the Department of Justice will turn to the Democrat’s control on January 20th, legal experts have reportedly warned the president that if is not careful, he may face legal charges for his participation in the rally that encouraged Trump supporters to go to the Capitol.
Regardless, the House is moving towards impeachment. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has made it clear the articles will move forward, and Trump is looking at making history as the only US president to be impeached twice. In a memo to colleagues from McConnell, he said what willl most likely happen is the House will impeach President Trump before the inauguration, The Washington Post reported that the Senate will receive the articles on January 19th, when the Senate is back in session. The Senate has to consider them by 1pm, and the trial would begin between January 20th at 1pm until January 21st by 25 hours later. Because of Senate rules, the Senate cannot perform any business until January 19th without unanimous consent from the senators. Therefore, the impeachment trial will begin after the Senate switches to a Democrat majority and Trump’s term has ended.
So far, three Republican senators have hinted towards voting for impeachment, as Senator Toomey said today Trump committed impeachable offenses. Reports from Washington is that President Trump wants Rudy Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz to defend him in the trial.