Political Trial Against Donald Trump Begins

Political Trial Against Donald Trump Begins

In the US Senate formally initiates the political trial against Donald Trump, with the proposal that it be in 'compressed calendar'

The leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, proposed a compressed calendar for the political trial to US President Donald Trump, which could come to an end at the end of next week if no additional evidence or witnesses are presented.

McConnell's plan would offer a total of 24 hours to the prosecutors of the House of Representatives and to the defense of the White House, but concentrated in two days, with which the days would last until midnight.

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Next, there would be a 16-hour question and answer period, followed by a debate and a vote on whether additional evidence and witnesses should be considered.

Republicans have a majority in the Senate with 53 votes to 47, so Democrats would need the support of four Republican senators to reject McConnell's initiative and prolong the process with new documents and witnesses.

The pressure now passes to a group of moderate Republican senators, among which the American press has pointed to Mitt Romney (Utah), Susan Collins (Maine), Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), who could open the door to prolong the procedure.

This proposal will be put to the vote on Tuesday, at the formal start of the political trial, which is chaired by the president of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, and where the 100 senators will act as a jury.

Minutes after the resolution was known, Democrats strongly criticized the plan.

"It is clear that Senator McConnell is determined to make witnesses and documents much more complicated and hasten the entire trial," Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic minority, said in a statement.

The political charges against Trump were approved in December by the House of Representatives, a Democratic majority, after months of investigation by lawmakers about the president's pressures on Ukraine.

The case was uncovered by a complaint from an informant to the intelligence services after a call in July between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, in which the American asked Kiev to initiate investigations on one of his political rivals, the former vice president Joe Biden, current Democratic candidate for the elections this year, and his son Hunter for alleged corruption in that country.

According to the progressive opposition, Trump conditioned the delivery of almost 400 million dollars in aid to Ukraine and the scheduling of a meeting in the White House with Zelenski to his demand that Kiev publicly announce that he planned to investigate Biden

When this third anniversary of his investiture was celebrated this Monday, in 2017, Trump has become the third president in the country's history to be subjected to a political trial after Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and Andrew Johnson (1865- 1869), both exonerated by the Upper House.

Democrats criticize ‘rigged judgment’

The seven Democratic legislators who will act as “prosecutors” in the politic al trial of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, who is scheduled to start Tuesday in the Senate, denounced that it is a “rigged” process, in response to the resolution of Republicans to establish the rules of what is known in English as "impeachment."

“This is not a process for a fair political trial. This is a process for a rigged political trial. This is the process if they don't want the American people to see evidence, ”said the head of the“ prosecutors, ”Adam Schiff, chairman of the Lower House Intelligence Committee, who led the investigation prior to the opening of the political trial.

In this way, the Democrats reacted to the resolution published on Monday by the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, who proposed a series of rules to govern this process, which will have to be put to the vote in the plenary of this Hemicycle, controlled by conservatives, once the "impeachment" opens.

According to the calendar suggested by McConnell, the political trial could come to an end at the end of next week if no additional evidence or witnesses are presented and would offer a total of 24 hours over two days to the "prosecutors" and the defense of the White House to expose its arguments, with which the days would extend until beyond midnight.

Then there would be a 16-hour question and answer period, followed by a debate and a vote on whether additional evidence and witnesses should be considered.

Schiff stressed that he now understands why McConnell did not transfer the content of that resolution before, because "it is nothing like the process used during the political trial of (Bill) Clinton."

"Senator McConnell did not consult with Senator (Chuck) Schumer (leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate) at all about the content of this text," he said.

In his opinion, the reason why McConnell has proposed that sessions in the Senate be extended until late at night is because "he hopes that the American people are not seeing him."

The impeachment hearings are expected to begin at 1:00 p.m. local time (6:00 p.m. GMT) each day, so that the conference could be extended until 1:00 p.m. (06:00 a.m. GMT), if there are breaks.

In addition, Schiff warned that “if Senator McConnell makes the first political trial in history without witnesses or documents, he will not prove that the president is innocent, he will only prove that the Senate is guilty of working with the president to prevent the truth from coming out. to the light".

Trump is the third president in the country's history who faces an "impeachment" after Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and Andrew Johnson (1865-1869), both exonerated by the Upper House.

The case was triggered by a complaint from an informant to the intelligence services after a call in July between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, in which the American asked Kiev to initiate inquiries on one of his political rivals, the former vice president Joe Biden, current Democratic candidate for the elections this year, and his son Hunter for alleged corruption in that country.

According to the progressive opposition, Trump conditioned the delivery of almost $ 400 million in aid to Ukraine and the scheduling of a meeting in the White House with Zelenski to his demand that Kiev publicly announce that he planned to investigate Biden.

With EFE information

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