Senate Gears Up For Impeachment Trial

By Claire Hardwick

While the nation prepares for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, there is another important event coming up on Capitol Hill: the second impeachment trial of President Trump. Making history as the only president to be impeached twice, the timing of this second impeachment leads to what will be an unprecedented impeachment. 

In a letter from Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, he has asked the incoming new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to hold a vote to stop the upcoming trial. In the letter, Graham said, “We will be delaying indefinitely, if not forever, the healing of this great nation if we do otherwise. Our obligation to the people we represent is clear. History will judge us harshly, as it should, if we do not rise to the occasion of this historic moment in our history.”

Graham, however, may find his Republican colleagues not as opposed to this impeachment as they were a year ago. Senator Romney, Senator Murkowski, and Senator Sasse have already indicated that they would be open to voting for impeachment. Reports have also emerged that former Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is furious with President Trump and what happened to the Capitol on January 6th, and wants to work with the Democrats to move the process forward. 

But for those Republicans who are still in support of President Trump, they view the impeachment as a political stunt which will just further divide the country. The Senate needs at least 17 Republicans to vote against Trump. 

Graham continued, “But now, in your first act as majority leader, rather than begin the national healing that the country so desperately yearns for, you seek vengeance and political retaliation instead,. While the vice president and Senate Republicans rejected unconstitutional actions, you seek to force upon the Senate, what would itself be but one more unconstitutional action in this disgraceful saga— the impeachment trial of a former president.”

Why this matters: The Democrats decision to impeach the president is under the pretense that he incited the rioters that stormed the Capitol. There is only one article of impeachment. The difference for this impeachment, however, is that it will be conducted after the president has left office.