The president of the United States, Donald Trump, will be able to attend future testimonies in the ‘impeachment’ process that is being addressed in the House of Representatives, and the White House lawyers will be able to summon and interrogate defense witnesses. The new rules, revealed Tuesday night by the Democratic Party, will be voted on Thursday by congressmen of both parties, and include an important caveat: if Trump refuses to collaborate with the investigation, which he says is unconstitutional already which he calls "witch hunts", his defense requests can be denied at a stage of the process open to the general public.
This Thursday, the 435 Democratic and Republican congressmen will be summoned to say whether or not they allow the ‘impeachment’ process, with rules that allow public hearings and the proposal is expected to be approved with the majority vote of the Democratic Party.
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Today's vote is the main event since the end of September, when the House of Representatives leader, Nancy Pelosi, formalized the opening of a case of political trial against President Trump.
Until now, the process has been carried out behind closed doors, as if it were the training phase and is carried out by the Committees of the Secret Service, Foreign Affairs and Supervision. Reform: where the Democratic Party is a majority
Starting this week, Republican congressmen of the same committees will also be able to call witnesses, not only listen and question those so far called by Democratic congressmen.
The Constitution of the United States does not say whether an ‘impeachment’ process must be conducted in public or behind closed doors, or if there must be a formal vote before the investigation begins; It simply says that it is up to the House of Representatives to do this and other decisions.
As with the cases of Richard Nixon (1974) and Bill Clinton (1998), which involved grand jury hearings at an early stage, the current leadership of the Democratic Party decided to conduct a first phase behind closed doors, more focused on the compilation of documents. and testimonies, and now he is preparing to give more freedom to President Trump and his supporters of the Republican Party.
Today, the House of Representatives will also vote an authorization so that the three committees that lead the process at this stage can send their conclusions to the Justice Commission at the end of the second phase. As was the case in 1974 and 1998, it is up to the Justice Commission to make the accusations against the President and send them to a full final vote of the House of Representatives; If that happens, the case will go to the Senate, which will function as a tribunal to judge the president.
A president of the United States has never been dismissed from the White House after a Senate conviction, but two have already been questioned in the House of Representatives: Andrew Johnson (1868) and Bill Clinton (1998/1999) have been tried by the Senate, but in these cases there was a two-thirds majority to condemn them. And Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 when the Justice Commission had already presented his accusation for a vote in the House of Representatives.
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