Democrats apparently want to oust Trump at all costs, or at least judge him retroactively and punish him, among other things, by banning another candidacy. On Monday, they presented a motion for a constitutional lawsuit to incite an uprising. According to them, the president’s statements significantly contributed to the violence and riots that last Wednesday accompanied the protest of Trump’s supporters against the confirmation of the result of the November presidential race.
“The threat to America from the president is urgent, so our actions will be urgent,” said Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic head of the House of Representatives. The lower house of Congress is expected to vote on the bill on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the House is expected to call on Vice President Mike Pence to implement the 25th Amendment to the Cabinet, which allows cabinet members to remove the head of state from office. However, this step is very unlikely, as is the possibility of Trump’s resignation.
So the question arises as to what will happen next. Democrats have enough power to provoke the impeachment procedure and make Trump history as the first president to face this attempt to resign for the second time. As early as the end of 2019, he was accused of abuse of power and obstruction of justice in connection with the search for compromising material on Biden in Ukraine.
However, two-thirds of the votes are required to enforce a lawsuit in the Senate. After the recent elections in Georgia, there will be a 50:50 distribution of seats. In practice, this means that seventeen Republicans would have to raise their hands against Trump. However, some experts point out that a sufficient predominance of the legislators present is enough. The Republicans could theoretically allow impeachment just by leaving the hall.
The question also arises over the schedule of hearings. The Senate will probably not receive it until January 19, just the day before the inauguration. Constitutional experts differ on whether the procedure can continue even after the change of the White House chief. However, Democrats do not seem to doubt this possibility. In such a case, only Trump’s punishment would be solved, ie deprivation of the privileges that belong to the ex-presidents and, above all, the impossibility of further candidacy.
There is even talk of a scenario that the impeachment would not be resolved until after the first hundred days of the Biden administration, so that the negotiations would not complicate his taking office, the approval of nominations for the administration and the first legislative plans.
In any case, some experts warn against hasty impeachment, which they say could further damage American democracy and lead to even greater tensions in society. “The damage caused by the rioters was enormous, but it pales in comparison to the damage that the precedent of ill-considered impeachment would cause due to a speech whose freedom is protected by the First Amendment,” he wrote according to the website. The Hill George Turley, a professor of law at George Washington University. “With the constitution, it would do what the rioters in the Chapter would do: it would leave it in ruins,” he added.
“Too swift a lawsuit will not suddenly change the views of millions of Americans who still do not recognize Biden’s choice as legitimate,” The New York Times Republican Congressman Tom Reed. According to him, the inauguration is a good opportunity to build bridges that will lead to reconciliation and it would be a mistake to miss it.
These concerns and challenges are voiced as the FBI warns that the ceremony may mark serious unrest across the United States. Protests are expected in all national capitals and in Washington. Trump has already declared a state of emergency in the metropolis, which will enable better coordination of security measures.
The elimination of Trump on the networks is a cause for concern
There are fears that weaning President Donald Trump and his supporters from social networks could contribute to the further division of American society. Probably the biggest storm was caused by the permanent blocking of Trump’s private Twitter account, which the White House chief used as perhaps the most important communication channel ever.
There is also outrage over the restrictions of technology companies on the Parler social network, which is popular with American conservatives.
In addition, the president gained unusual allies in this dispute. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for example, expressed reservations about this campaign, and the European Commission also warned against the uncontrollable power of the platforms. From this event, it can be concluded that in the foreseeable future we can expect a duel between politicians and technology giants to set the rules.
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