Donald Trump recently became the first president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives and will be the first to face a trial after his term in office.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to transmit to the Senate an article of impeachment against Trump on Monday, which will launch the start of the former president’s trial on the charge of incitement of insurrection over the deadly Capitol riots that began on January 6th, 2021.
While this step will launch the proceedings of the trial, the schedule ahead still remains uncertain as the Senate is now under Democratic control and is also swiftly working simultaneously with newly sworn-in Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees to tackle the new administration’s legislative policies.
Senate leaders on Friday continued to negotiate the timing of the impeachment trial of the former President, who has hired a defence lawyer to represent him. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnel proposed on Thursday to push the beginning of the trial to February after preliminary statements are filed by House prosecutors as well as Trump’s defence team. McConnel argued that the postponing would help the legal team to familiarize themselves with the fresh case.
However, to counter this plea, the House of Democrats have suggested a full reckoning should take place as soon as possible in order to allow the Congress and newly elected President Joe Biden, as well as the country to move forward.
Since this case is a novel one, it raises numerous legal challenges, including whether it is possible to try a former president after he leaves office. The Senate must also make the important decision of whether they should call witnesses or hear evidence for the proceedings. If found guilty, Donald Trump will not be allowed to run for political office again and could also lose access to other benefits such as his pension as well as his travel allowance.