Trump impeachment trial to focus on his attacks on election
Whenever it starts, the impeachment trial will force a further reckoning for the Republican Party and the senators who largely stood by Trump throughout his presidency and allowed him to spread false attacks against the 2020 election. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is open to considering impeachment, having told associates he is done with Trump, but he has not signaled how he would vote. At least four Republican senators have publicly expressed concerns about Trump’s actions, but others have signaled their preference to move on. Under Senate procedure, the trial is to start soon after the House delivers the article of impeachment. After Trump’s first impeachment, in 2019, she withheld the articles for some time to set the stage for the Senate action.
McConnell open to convicting Trump in impeachment trial
(Senate Television via AP)WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointedly did not rule out that he might eventually vote to convict the now twice-impeached President Donald Trump, but he also blocked a quick Senate impeachment trial. “Make no mistake, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate," Schumer said. The Democratic-led House approved an impeachment article accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, an unprecedented second impeachment of his clamorous presidency. It is unclear how many Republicans would vote to convict Trump in a Senate trial, but it appears plausible that several would. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., has said he would “definitely consider” House impeachment articles.
EXPLAINER: What’s next after House impeachment vote
What is certain for now is that the impeachment trial will be held after Trump has already left office. But it's still unclear exactly how the trial will proceed and if any Senate Republicans will vote to convict Trump. In the House, 10 Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Republican. Every single House Republican voted against Trump's first impeachment in 2019. DIFFERENT CHARGES, DIFFERENT IMPEACHMENTThis impeachment trial is likely to differ from the last one in many ways.
A day of historic impeachment, a Capitol as armed encampment
But only steps away, outside the chamber doors, there was the look of an armed encampment. The Capitol grounds were wrapped in fences, and scores of other law enforcement officers and troops kept a watchful eye. A replica of the dome that stands atop the Capitol, the Statue of Freedom, resides in the Capitol’s visitor center. The tensions were also apparent inside the House chamber. In the House chamber, there have been Capitol Police officers and civilian door monitors but no screening stations.
Pelosi puts onus on Pence to start impeachment process
Pelosi put out a letter to Congressional Democrats saying if Pence doesn’t heed her timeline, the House will move forward with impeachment. “Next, we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor,” the letter stated. Representative James Clyburn says the country must reject Trump after the siege of the U.S. Capitol that many blame him for inciting. Passing in the upper House would be difficult because two thirds of senators would have to approve an impeachment, meaning numerous Republicans would have to approve. There is also talk of censuring Trump, which would be a step short of impeachment.
Sen. Mitt Romney breaks with GOP, votes to convict Trump
By voting to convict Trump for abusing presidential powers, the Utah lawmaker became the only Republican to cross party lines in the Senate impeachment trial's climactic votes acquitting the president. Romney announced his decision during an eight-minute speech on the Senate floor two hours before the GOP-dominated chamber voted to absolve Trump. Assessed from a personal level, the clash between Trump and Romney came as little surprise. Still, it threatened to expose Romney to the kind of demonization experienced by recent GOP lawmakers defying Trump. Romney has backed Trump in Senate votes 80% of the time, one of the lowest marks for Republicans, according to the website fivethirtyeight.com.
Trump trial closing arguments aim at voters, history
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Closing arguments Monday in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial were directed more toward history than to sway the outcome, one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of his expected acquittal in the Republican-led Senate. The House Democrats unveiled a striking case centered on Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, running an alternative foreign policy that drew alarm at the highest levels. She warned that if senators do not convict, Trump will try to “cheat” again ahead of 2020. One key Trump lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, who was forced to walk back a sweeping defense of presidential power in last week's arguments, did not appear. It becomes the first impeachment trial in the nation’s more than 200-year history without any witnesses.
Roberts says he won’t break a tie in Trump impeachment trial
Roberts said Friday that he had no intention of breaking a tie in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, dispelling something of a mystery that had hung over the proceedings. The question of whether a chief justice is empowered to break a tie in an impeachment trial is regarded as an open issue among legal scholars. “I do not regard those isolated episodes 150 years ago as sufficient to support a general authority to break ties," Roberts said. And Dellinger said he believes Roberts' answer to the question of whether the chief justice can or should break ties at an impeachment trial will have a lasting impact. He speculated that Roberts arrived at the impeachment trial equally prepared to answer the question of whether he could break a tie.
Trial highlights: Conspiracy theories and fidget spinners
In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. He was doing it only for his own political benefit," said Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Texas, a Democratic prosecutor. FIDGET SPINNERS TO THE RESCUEAs senators sat through endless hours of arguments, they found another outlet to focus their attention: fidget spinners. Other senators, including Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., were also seen with spinners on their desks. Were going to use a sufficient amount of time to defend our case and point out the inconsistencies of their case.
Democrats appeal for GOP help to convict 'corrupt' Trump
He played several clips of testimony from Ambassador William Taylor, who said the assistance was held back as Trump pushed the country to announce investigations of Democrats. Democrats, meanwhile, described the evidence against the president as overwhelming but said senators have a duty to gather more. One question theres wide agreement on: Trump should allow top aides to appear as witnesses at the trial. About 7 in 10 said so, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats, according to the poll. Joni Ernst of Iowa spoke sarcastically about how excited she was to hear the overwhelming evidence" the House Democrats promised against Trump.
Trump sets presidential record for most tweets in a day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump set a presidential record for activity on his favorite social media platform Wednesday, tweeting and retweeting at length about the Senate impeachment trial, the Democrats who want to replace him and much, much more. Trump's previous record for tweets on a single day during his time in the White House was set on Dec. 12, 2019, the day the House Judiciary Committee opened its marathon session to approve two articles of impeachment against the president. Trump' set his all-time record for tweets in a day before he became president, with 161 posts in January 2015, according to Factba.se. Most of his tweeting that day was dedicated to plugging his reality television show. Trump, who began his day in Davos, Switzerland, where he was attending the World Economic Forum, started his Wednesday morning by hammering out 41 tweets between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m.
Crime required for impeachment? Not so, say legal experts
But legal scholars dispute the idea that the Founding Fathers ever intended for impeachable offenses to require proof of a crime. And historians are equally dubious that the argument from Johnson's lawyer, Benjamin Robbins Curtis, can be credited with securing Johnson's narrow acquittal. It's a way of trying to promote an understanding of the Johnson impeachment that is false, based on what historians now believe." That was the very concern that led to Johnson's impeachment in the first place. I'll be blunt: If I was the president's lawyer, I'd probably make the argument too," Stewart said.
Buckle up: What to watch as impeachment trial takes off
That maroons 100 chatty senators including four Democrats in the heat of a nomination fight for the serious constitutional business of the impeachment trial, for hours at a time. Senate rules say the trial must proceed six days a week all but Sunday until it is resolved. But here again, there's precedent for Trump to consider: Clinton delivered his State of the Union speech in the midst of his Senate trial. ___THE PROSECUTORSThey could be heard practicing speeches in the shuttered Senate chamber late into Monday night. 51: The number of senators who must agree on almost anything to make it happen during an impeachment trial.
Can an impeached president run for re-election?
No matter what happens in this year’s election, President Donald Trump has already made history in one way. While Trump is the third president ever to be impeached by the House of Representatives, he likely will be the first impeached president in history to be nominated by a political party to run for re-election. In short, the ability of Trump — or any president who gets impeached, for that matter — to seek re-election while impeached is entirely up to the Senate. This was never a scenario for the previous two presidents to be impeached by the House, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Clinton was impeached in 1999 during his second term and wasn’t allowed to run for president again due to term limits.
Former Florida AG Pam Bondi named to Trump’s impeachment defense team
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has been part of President Donald Trump’s impeachment communications team, will be part of the defense for his Senate trial, according to several Washington, D.C.-based news outlets. Bondi, a former assistant state attorney from Hillsborough County who spent eight years as Florida’s top elected legal official and is a close ally of Trump’s, went to work for the White House in November to represent the president before the media during the House inquiry. Trump’s legal team for the upcoming Senate trial also includes former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, who was appointed in 1994 to head the Whitewater investigation involving former President Bill Clinton that resulted in Clinton’s impeachment by the House four years later. White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, a long-term personal attorney for Trump, are expected to lead the team, according to the news reports. On the other side of the case, Orlando U.S. Rep. Val Demings will serve as one of the House Democratic impeachment managers for the trial, which is expected to start the middle of next week.
President Donald Trump impeached by US House on 2 charges
President Donald Trump impeached by US House on 2 chargesPublished: December 18, 2019, 11:12 pmPresident Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution's ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Mason-Dixon Poll: Majority of Floridians oppose impeachment inquiry
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – A narrow majority of Floridians oppose the impeachment proceedings into President Donald Trump, according to a Mason-Dixon poll released Wednesday. The survey of 625 registered voters phoned Dec. 11-16 shows that 50% of those polled oppose impeachment while 46% support it and 4% are still undecided. Among North Florida voters, the margin was even greater, with 61% surveyed opposed to impeaching the president with 37% supporting it. The numbers unearthed in the Mason-Dixon poll are similar to recent national polls, which show support for impeachment falling. Half of voters polled statewide do not approve of how the president is doing his job.
FX Boss Defends Lewinsky-Clinton 'Impeachment: American Crime Story' and 2020 Election
The way we look at American Crime Story is as Revisionist History," Landgraf said, referring to Malcolm Gladwell's political podcast. I feel completely unabashed about my pride for American Crime Story and my belief that this is a completely valid cycle of American Crime Story. I find Monica Lewinsky extremely impressive. Impeachment: American Crime Story will debut Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX. RELATED CONTENT:Beanie Feldstein to Play Monica Lewinsky in 'American Crime Story' Season 3Monica Lewinsky Reveals What She'd Say to Hillary Clinton If They Ever Were to Meet in PersonMonica Lewinsky 'American Crime Story' Docuseries in the Works
Factbox: Which House Democrats want to impeach Trump?
(Reuters) - Eighty-nine Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives as of late last week have said they support starting impeachment investigations against Republican President Donald Trump. The word Impeachment as it is written in Article II of the U.S. Constitution, on display in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives Museum in Washington, U.S., June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstWith congressional testimony set for Wednesday by former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated Trump and the Russians who interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help him, more than a third of the 235-member Democratic caucus in the House now favors initiating an impeachment probe. The following are the House Democrats who have expressed public support for starting impeachment investigations:Ann Kirkpatrick, ArizonaRal Grijalva, ArizonaGreg Stanton, ArizonaRuben Gallego, ArizonaAlan Lowenthal, CaliforniaBarbara Lee, CaliforniaEric Swalwell, CaliforniaGrace Napolitano, CaliforniaJackie Speier, CaliforniaJared Huffman, CaliforniaJimmy Gomez, CaliforniaJuan Vargas, CaliforniaLucille Roybal-Allard, CaliforniaMark DeSaulnier, CaliforniaMaxine Waters, CaliforniaNanette Barragn, CaliforniaNorma Torres, CaliforniaTed Lieu, CaliforniaTony Crdenas, CaliforniaKatie Porter, CaliforniaHarley Rouda, CaliforniaScott Peters, CaliforniaDoris Matsui, CaliforniaDiana DeGette, ColoradoJoe Neguse, ColoradoJim Himes, ConnecticutVal Demings, FloridaDebbie Mucarsel-Powell, FloridaDanny K. Davis, IllinoisJan Schakowsky, IllinoisJess Garca, IllinoisRobin Kelly, IllinoisBobby Rush, IllinoisMike Quigley, IllinoisSean Casten, IllinoisCedric Richmond, LouisianaAyanna Pressley, MassachusettsJim McGovern, MassachusettsJoseph Kennedy, MassachusettsSeth Moulton, MassachusettsJamie Raskin, MarylandChellie Pingree, MaineAndy Levin, MichiganBrenda Lawrence, MichiganDaniel Kildee, MichiganRashida Tlaib, MichiganBetty McCollum, MinnesotaIlhan Omar, MinnesotaWilliam Lacy Clay, MissouriBennie Thompson, MississippiBill Pascrell, New JerseyBonnie Watson Coleman, New JerseyDonald Norcross, New JerseyTom Malinowski, New JerseyAdriano Espaillat, New YorkAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New YorkCarolyn Maloney, New YorkNydia Velzquez, New YorkPaul Tonko, New YorkYvette Clarke, New YorkKathleen Rice, New YorkBrian Higgins, New YorkAlma Adams, North CarolinaG.K. Butterfield, North CarolinaJoyce Beatty, OhioTim Ryan, OhioMarcia Fudge, OhioEarl Blumenauer, OregonSuzanne Bonamici, OregonBrendan Boyle, PennsylvaniaDwight Evans, PennsylvaniaMadeleine Dean, PennsylvaniaMary Gay Scanlon, PennsylvaniaMike Doyle, PennsylvaniaDavid Cicilline, Rhode IslandSteve Cohen, TennesseeAl Green, TexasFilemon Vela, TexasJoaquin Castro, TexasLloyd Doggett, TexasVeronica Escobar, TexasPeter Welch, VermontDon Beyer, VirginiaPramila Jayapal, WashingtonRick Larsen, WashingtonSlideshow (4 Images)Adam Smith, WashingtonGwen Moore, WisconsinMark Pocan, Wisconsinfeeds.reuters.com