Is Trump's impeachment process dangerous for Democrats

Second impeachment proceedings against Trump admissible: "Responsibility until the last day in office"

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The US Senate has considered the second so-called impeachment proceedings against the ex-president of America to be permissible. In the next few days we can start, first of all, both sides will put forward their arguments.

The US Senate has declared the impeachment proceedings against ex-President Donald Trump to be constitutional by a majority. This means that the attempt by Trump's defenders to stop the so-called impeachment right from the start has failed. Six Republican Senators voted together with the 50 Democratic Senators. This cleared the way for the further proceedings: From Wednesday (local time; 6:00 p.m. CET) the prosecutors will present their arguments in the matter, followed by the defense.

Prosecutors argued on Tuesday that Trump would have to be responsible for his actions as president until the last day in office - and thus also for the violent storming of the Capitol by his supporters two weeks before his departure from the White House. Trump's lawyers, in turn, argued that the process was politically motivated and unconstitutional because Trump was no longer in office.

First, the lawyer Bruce Castor spoke for Trump. His approximately 45-minute lecture was described by several Democrats as "incoherent and confused". Even Republican senators like Kevin Cramer and John Cornyn, who voted against the constitutionality of the trial, admitted that the prosecutor's presentation was better. Republican Bill Cassidy, who joined the Democratic majority, named Castor's lecture in an interview with the broadcaster CNN "disorganized, chaotic". His party colleague Lisa Murkowski said, according to US media, "I couldn't understand what he was saying".

"This process will tear the country apart"

Trump was furious when he watched Castor's lecture on TV, wrote the New York Times with reference to persons not named. On a scale from one to ten, Trump's anger was equivalent to an eight. The ex-president "almost screamed," reported the broadcaster CNN with reference to unnamed sources.

Trump's second defender, David Schoen, on the other hand, immediately started the attack. The Democrats had only initiated the process to "remove Trump from the political stage," he complained. This is an abuse of the impeachment procedure for political purposes. Contrary to what they said, the Democrats are not interested in uniting the country, on the contrary. "This so-called process will tear the country apart," warned Schoen. He also maintained that the proceedings against the private person Trump were unconstitutional.

House of Representatives resolution during Trump's term in office

The top House Democratic prosecutor, Jamie Raskin, argued that a president must answer for his actions until the last day in office. Everything else is extremely dangerous. The Democrats also pointed out that the House of Representatives had already decided to open the procedure on January 13 - one week before Trump's departure from office. Prosecutors also showed dramatic videos of the storming of the Capitol at the beginning of their presentation.

As of Wednesday, prosecutors and defense attorneys will now have ample time to present their arguments for 16 hours each over two days. The prosecutors are likely to do everything in their power in the coming days to bring back memories of that January day through pictures and stories when senators had to get themselves to safety from an angry mob. It is expected that the procedure will only take a few days and possibly only drag on until the weekend or the beginning of the coming week.

Trump goes down in history as the first US President against whom two impeachment proceedings were initiated in the House of Representatives during his tenure. In the first trial, he had to answer in the so-called Ukraine affair for abuse of power and obstruction of congressional investigations. In February 2020, however, he was finally acquitted of all allegations - with the majority of his Republicans in the Senate at the time.

dpa / pdi / LTO editorial team