Aidan Tyksinski, Staff
Last week, new House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the articles of impeachment against former President Donald Trump would be delivered to the Senate floor early in the week. This comes two weeks after the House pushed the articles through, making the impeachment official. In total, 232 Democrats and 10 Republicans voted yes to impeach, 197 Republicans voted no and 4 Republicans did not vote. Former President Donald Trump has made US history with this trial, becoming the first president ever to be impeached twice.
The beginning stages of the trial are set to start almost three weeks after the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, in which many people wearing Trump gear and carrying pro-Trump signs broke into the building to stop the certification of the 2020 election due to voter fraud claims. None of the claims made by anyone on the Trump legal team or claims made by his supporters about the election rigging have been proven true. Many Democrats blamed then President Trump for inciting the riot, and the official reason for this impeachment trial is incitement of an insurrection. Senator Benie Sanders said that President Donald Trump was directly responsible for what happened at the Capitol. At the same time, Senator Elizabeth Warren called on the Senate to impeach and convict Trump on her Instagram page.
Just like the first impeachment trial, there have been few Republicans to speak out against the former president. Senator Marco Rubio called the trial stupid and counterproductive, while South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds told Meet the Press, “There are other things we’d rather be working on instead.” One Republican figure who is in favor of the impeachment trial is Senator Mitt Romney of Utah. Romney, who appeared on CNN on Sunday, said that the trial is constitutional, contrary to what some of his Republican colleagues have said. The Republican candidate in the 2012 election was the only Republican to vote yes to impeach the first time around.
If found guilty, Trump would risk the chance of never being able to run for public office again and would also lose presidents perks, such as travel expenses of $1 million and a pension. The Democrats are fighting an up-hill battle at the moment. There must be a two thirds majority yes for a guilty verdict and with the senate split 50-50; this seems unlikely to happen.
There is also a question about whether this trial is worth it. The trial is set to take place while the Biden administration is starting up, potentially delaying the hearings of candidates for important cabinet positions and the passing of COVID relief packages. With Schumer and McConnell disagreeing on what to do with the filibuster, this trial could potentially take a long time.