Federal Senate Agrees Structure For a “fair” Impeachment Of Trump

Washington – The leaders of the federal Senate reached an agreement on Monday on the schedule and structure of the impeachment trial that will begin this Tuesday against former President Donald Trump and which, they promised, will be “fair.”

“We have agreed to a bipartisan resolution to govern the structure and timing of the impending trial,” Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said about the agreement with his Republican colleague Mitch McConnell, who heads the minority of conservatives in the Upper House. .

Schumer stressed that the agreed structure guarantees a “fair and honest impeachment” of the former president, the first in history to face an “impeachment” after having left power. In the same sense, McConnell expressed himself, who reiterated that the agreement will allow a “fair process”.

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McConnell highlighted that the structure of the process has been approved by both the Trump defense (2017-2021) and by the Democratic managers (prosecutors) of the House of Representatives, because it preserves due process and the rights of both parties ”by giving the sufficient time for senators and jurors to review the case and arguments.

Opening: is the trial constitutional or not?

The political process will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, at 1:00 pm in the US Senate, where the 100 senators will serve as jury.

The first day will be dedicated to evaluating whether this political trial is constitutional, something to which the senators will dedicate four hours of debate, followed by a vote on the issue.

Numerous experts on the Constitution have opined that the process is legitimate even if it can no longer result in Trump’s impeachment, because it evaluates events that occurred while he was still president.

“There is no ‘January exception’ in the Constitution, which allows presidents to abuse their power in their last days (in office) without being held accountable,” argued the Democratic “prosecutors” in a document presented on Monday.

The debate on constitutionality is a lifeline for those Republicans who are most uncomfortable with Trump but who do not dare to completely turn their back on him, since this will give them an excuse to vote against condemning him.

At the end of January, 45 Republicans voted to debate the constitutionality of the process, in a sign of the little appetite in the party to condemn Trump despite the seriousness of the assault on the Capitol.

They will not deliberate on Saturday

Once the Senate decides that the process is constitutional, something for which it will only need a simple majority, the impeachment will resume on Wednesday at 12:00 pm, when the arguments of the prosecutors and the defense of Trump will begin.

The impeachment will be held every following day except Saturday, at the request of Trump’s Jewish lawyer, and will resume on Sunday, with the prospect of ending next week unless witnesses are called.

It is expected that on Wednesday the opening arguments of the impeachment “prosecutors” – who are nine Democratic legislators of the Lower House – will begin, who will make their presentation during a period of no more than 16 hours and in a maximum of two sessions.

For the defense of the former Republican president, the same rule will apply in terms of hours and sessions.

Once those allegations are concluded, the senators will have four hours to ask their questions.

The process contemplates voting to call witnesses or present additional evidence, and stipulates four hours distributed equally between the accusers and the defense for the final arguments.

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