Former President Trump is now free. He hasn’t opened his mouth since January 20, maybe now? The good side of the impeachment process this time around is that it ended quickly. The bad side is, it didn’t have to be at all. The impeachment is aimed at removing the president from power.
The impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump ended with a Senate vote on the afternoon of February 13. Trump has been acquitted. There were 56 votes in favor of impeachment and 43 against. Six Republicans voted against Trump. Donald Trump is the only U.S. president to have been indicted twice. Earlier, President Bill Clinton and Andrew Jackson were impeached in 1996 and 18, but to date no president has been convicted or impeached. President Richard Nixon resigned before being indicted for the Watergate scandal.
It was almost certain that Trump would not be convicted in the second round of impeachment proceedings. A two-thirds vote in the Senate is needed to punish a president. 50:50 Democrats and Republicans in the 100-member Senate. Trump needed six votes to convict, which was unlikely to happen, so he was acquitted. Trump is accused of inciting Trump supporters to riot on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 8, saying he incited them. Speaker Nancy Pelosi quickly raised the impeachment charge against Trump and passed it in Congress by a majority vote, on January 13, just seven days before Trump left the White House.
Congress, however, did not immediately send the impeachment document to the House, because Republicans were in the majority at the time. Only after Biden took power was it sent to the Senate. The trial began in the Senate on February 9, and both sides sought to end it quickly. Republican Mitch McClain, a minority leader in the Senate, told his colleagues Saturday that he would vote for Trump as “innocent.” As a result, the hopes of the Democrats are gone? Earlier in the day, Democrats decided to call witnesses in the Senate, but after the Senate minority leader’s position became clear, they broke up the war and rescinded the decision to call witnesses immediately. As a result, voting became inevitable. However, the conventional notion that Trump has been quickly impeached is not correct! Earlier, in 18, President Andrew Johnson was indicted just three days after he fired his war minister, Edwin M. Stanton. In the case of Trump, it took a whole week.
At the start of the Senate hearing, Democrat House managers wanted to say in their 16-hour argument that punishing Trump means not allowing another January 8 incident to happen in the future. They argued it was premeditated and that Trump deliberately provoked it. Trump’s attorneys, on the other hand, argued in their 16-hour argument that the goal of impeachment is to remove a president from power, Trump is not in power, so it is unconstitutional. They argue that the January 8 incident may have been premeditated, but that President Trump is not involved, and that he has the right to say what Trump said then, in accordance with Article 1 of the Constitution. They have made it clear that the impeachment process against Trump is a terrible lie and a desire for political revenge.
On January 8, a group of Trump supporters attacked Capitol Hill in Washington, killing five people. This time, the Trump impeachment process stems from that incident. Thus the relationship between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Trump was quite bitter. On January 11, a single “impeachment clause” was raised in Congress against Trump for inciting his supporters. On January 12, the House passed a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to remove Trump, raising the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. The vice president said he would not do that. On 13 January, the Congress passed the ‘Article of Impeachment’ by 232-198 votes. 4 did not vote, 10 Republicans voted in favor of the proposal. Trump’s term expires on January 20, and Joe Biden is sworn in as president.
The ‘Article of Impeachment’ was sent to the Senate from the House on 25 January. The next day, Vermont Senator Patrick J. Lehi was elected president for the trial, and 100 senators were sworn in as a pair. On the same day, Republicans raised a motion calling the impeachment process “unconstitutional” and it was rejected by 45-55 votes in the Senate. Five Republicans sided with Democrats at the time. On the same day, the Senate summoned former President Trump to respond to the impeachment allegations by February 2. On January 31, Trump replaced his old attorneys with two new defense attorneys. On Feb. 2, Democrat House managers single-handedly blamed Trump for the Capitol Hill riots in a 70-page document and demanded that he be convicted and declared ineligible for all future elections. Trump’s lawyers submitted a 14-page response the same day, denying all charges against him and claiming that the Senate did not have the power to prosecute a former president.
On February 4, House managers asked Trump to testify “with an oath.” Trump quickly declined that request. On February 8, Trump’s party submitted an 8-page statement describing the Senate trial as “partisan and political theater.” House managers refuted the allegations with a memo. On February 9, the Senate passed a resolution on “rules and procedures” for judicial proceedings, and formal judicial proceedings began. On February 10-12, House managers and Trump attorneys presented their arguments for 16 hours. On February 12, the senators asked various questions for several hours. On February 13, the Senate first passed a motion to call witnesses, but later rejected it. Trump was acquitted in a 56-43 vote on the same day.
Former President Trump is now free. He hasn’t opened his mouth since January 20, maybe now? The good side of the impeachment process this time around is that it ended quickly. The bad side is, it didn’t have to be at all. The impeachment is aimed at removing the president from power. Trump was losing the election and was leaving, so it was not logical to impeach him. Democrats wanted Trump to be “convicted” and given a chance to “disqualify” all future elections, which is not happening. Not just Democrats, some Republicans don’t want Trump back. But that possibility is gone, can he come back in 2024? In the last election, he received about 63 million votes, a record for any defeated candidate. In other words, it has wide support at the grassroots level. Trump is not in power, but there is Trumpism, there will be.
Shitangshu Guha: Columnist.
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