Democrats Design Trump’s “Impeachment” Strategy To Convince Republicans

Washington – Democrats are designing their strategy for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump and have offered indications that they will adopt a different approach to the first impeachment process against the former president, despite the fact that there is little chance of a resolution against him, due to because the majority of Republicans are against “impeachment.”

Progressive senators, quoted this Sunday by the Politico medium, have indicated that they will not focus so much their efforts on the appearance of witnesses, as they did during the first process.

“This is basing on a public crime. His attempt (by Trump) was not hidden, so I think there is a danger, as there is always for the trial lawyer and the prosecutor to present evidence in excess, to add more witnesses to prove the obvious, “said the legislator of the Upper House, Democrat Richard Blumenthal.

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In the process that begins on Tuesday, the former president, who has already said that he does not intend to testify, as requested by the “prosecutors” of the impeachment trial, is accused of “inciting insurrection” for the assault on the Capitol by a mob of his followers on January 6.

Doubts about witnesses

That day, the then president gave a speech urging his supporters to march towards the headquarters of Congress, given his unfounded allegations that there was a fraud in the November presidential elections, which Biden won.

During that day, both houses of the Legislature were meeting to endorse Biden’s victory, which were forced to suspend the session for several hours, until the Trump supporters were evicted by the security forces, and the legislators were able to ratify the victory. of the democrat in the elections.

For Hawaii Democratic Senator Brian Schatz, the effectiveness of witnesses in impeachment is not very clear.

“Imagine if the call from Ukraine had been transmitted over the internet,” he reflected in statements to Politico. It is not clear to me that there is any evidence that changes anyone’s mind. “

Schatz was referring to the July 2019 call between Trump and the president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, in which the American asked the Ukrainian to investigate Hunter Biden, son of Joe Biden, for alleged corruption in that country.

It was that call and a complaint from an informant that triggered the first “impeachment,” as they say in English, impeachment trial, of Trump, of which he was acquitted a year ago in the Senate, at that time under Republican control.

At the moment, and despite the fact that the beginning of the second process is approaching, few details are known about how it will take place, so it is not known whether the Senate will vote on whether there should be witnesses or not.

For Republicans it is unconstitutional

Meanwhile, Republicans insisted this Sunday that the impeachment is unconstitutional.

The former one of Trump’s main allies in the Senate, legislator Lindsey Graham, said today that it will be history that judges the former president for the assault on the Capitol, but at the same time he believed that this is not the job of Congress.

Trump “is going to have a place in history for all this, but the point is that we are in Congress, we are not prosecutors, impeachment should never be a prosecution,” Graham said in an interview with CBS News.

“I think I’m ready to move on,” added the senator. I am ready to end impeachment because I believe it is flagrantly unconstitutional. “

Graham recalled that Trump is the “most popular figure” in the Republican Party and that “January 6 was a bad day for the US He will have his share of the blame in history.”

In the same chain, another Republican senator, Roger Wicker, considered the process “meaningless and with a partisan message”, since, in his opinion, “impeachment” should not be used to hold someone accountable while out of office. .

“Now, if there are other ways in the court of public opinion or if there is a criminal charge that comes to mind for a prosecutor, maybe there is another way out there,” he stressed.

Wicker argued that the Constitution does not specify whether a former president can be subjected to impeachment and that the current president, Joe Biden, should have intervened to ask that it not be carried out.

An unlikely conviction

Given that Trump left the White House on January 20, he cannot be removed from office as president because he is no longer one, thus facing a disqualification from holding public office in the future.

However, for this to happen, Democrats need the support of 17 of the fifty Republican senators in the Senate, which is unlikely to happen.

One of the ten conservative legislators in the Lower House who voted in favor of Trump being subjected to an “impeachment”, Liz Cheney, was censored yesterday by the Republican Party in Wyoming, who asked her to resign, although she has declared this Sunday that it won’t.

“The oath I took to the Constitution forced me to vote for ‘impeachment,’ and it does not lean toward partisanship, it does not lean toward political pressure,” said Cheney, one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the House of Representatives, to the Fox News channel.

The impeachment trial will be held in the Senate, but first the Lower House approved the accusation of “impeachment” against Trump, of inciting the insurrection, which gave the green light to the opening of the process in the Upper House.

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