Donald Trump Impeachment Trial to Begin Feb. 8
Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on the charge of incitement of insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will begin on Feb. 8.
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will send the articles of impeachment for incitement of insurrection against Trump to the Senate on Monday.
“I have spoken to speaker Pelosi who informed me that the articles will be delivered to the Senate on Monday,” Schumer said.
Mitch McConnell had proposed that the impeachment trial should start in late February so as to provide Trump’s team with adequate time to prepare. Chuck Schumer has agreed to push back the start of the trial to Feb. 8.
Some have raised the question of whether or not Trump can be impeached after he has already left his position as President.
“Hopefully the Senate will reject the idea of pursuing presidents after they leave office,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said.
Upon conviction, the Senate can also vote on whether or not the convicted individual should be barred from holding a position in public office again.
There have been rumors that Trump will run for President in 2024.
Some have also raised the point that the impeachment of Trump would undermine the calls for more unity, but Pelosi refuted the notion.
“The fact is that [Donald Trump] committed an act of incitement of insurrection. I don’t think it’s very unifying to say oh ‘let’s just forget it and move on.’ That’s not how you unify.,” Nancy Pelosi said.
Pelosi also called Trump’s so-called incitement an “attempt to undermine our election, to undermine our democracy, [and] to dishonor our constitution.”
Big tech companies have also insinuated that Trump was responsible for inciting the violence that occurred at the capitol.
Most notably, Trump received bans from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube on accusations that he made posts on their platforms that Democrats interpreted as incitement of violence.
But Trump didn’t specifically call for his supporters to take action or engage in violent activities at the Capitol. Trump instead told the people rioting at the capitol to go home in a video on Twitter, which was removed shortly before his account was suspended.
“You have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order… We love you… go home in peace,” Trump said.
Trump also rebuked the violence that took place.
“I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement… No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence,” he said.