The trial with Trump began in the Senate. How will it go and how will it end?

Trump became the first White House chief to face a constitutional lawsuit twice. A two-thirds majority in the Senate is needed to convict him. Fifty Democrats must convince at least 17 Republicans in a 100-member cabinet, which is unlikely to succeed.

“I’m 95 percent sure he’ll be acquitted,” political scientist Chris Haynes told NBC.

The probability of this judgment was indicated by a two-week-old vote in the Senate on the Republicans’ objection to the unconstitutionality of the upcoming trial. The Senate swept her off the table at the time, but only five Republicans joined the Fifty Democrats.

Why was Trump indicted?

The House of Representatives formally decided to charge Trump on January 13. It decided in the vote by a ratio of 232 to 197 votes, while a simple half was enough. Ten Republicans “spoke out” against Trump. According to the text of the constitutional lawsuit, he was still guilty as president of the USA by inciting the rebellion of his supporters, who broke into the Chapter House on January 6.

It was Trump who appeared in front of the audience shortly before the attack, urging him to march towards the Capitol. “If you don’t fight like hell, then you won’t have any more land. “Let’s go to the Chapter and try to give our weak Republicans the pride and courage they need to take back our country,” he told his supporters.

Five people died in the ensuing attacks on the Capitol.

The course of the process
  • The trial will begin on Tuesday at 19:00 CET. This will be followed by a debate on constitutionality, which, according to a plan agreed by the chambers of both Senate Chambers, Chuck Schumer (dem.) And Mitch McConnell (rep.), Will last a maximum of four hours. The Senate will then again vote on the constitutionality of the process. In this case, a simple majority is enough.
  • If the vote passes, both parties will be given a total of 16 hours, which must be divided into eight arguments after eight hours.
  • After the argument, the senators will be given a total of four hours to ask questions about the prosecution and the defense.
  • The next four hours will allow both parties to persuade the Senate to approve their witnesses or documents.
  • If the Senate approves the documents and witnesses, their interrogation will begin. It can stretch. Donald Trump himself refused to testify before the Senate, Democrats do not even care about his testimony. “The fact that he refused to testify under oath in the Senate is proof of his guilt,” prosecutor Jamie Raskin said.
  • After the interrogations, both parties will be given a total of four hours to present their final arguments.

Who will lead the prosecution and the defense?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has selected nine Democratic Party representatives to run the indictment. Jamie Riskin will be the main so-called impeachment manager. The 58-year-old professor of constitutional law, who has been a member of Congress since 2017, will lead the trial just weeks after his son Thomas died at the age of 25.

Other prosecutors will be Diana DeGette, David Cicilline, Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Joe Neguse, Madeleine Dean and Stacey Plaskett.

Trump’s team of lawyers has undergone many changes. His recent lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, will not represent him. According to him, because he will act as a witness. The defense will be led by Bruce Castor and David Schoen.

Schoen has represented Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone in the past. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison in February last year. He was found guilty of seven counts, including lying to Congress, influencing a witness and thwarting an FBI investigation into Russia’s influence in the US presidential election in 2016. In December 2020, Trump pardoned Stone.

It is not certain how long the trial will take place before the Senate. However, it will probably be a faster process than in the case of the first constitutional lawsuit against Trump, which lasted three weeks.

It was Schoen who told NBC that he expected the trial to drag on “at least over the weekend.” Just because he had successfully requested an interruption of the trial from Friday sunset until Sunday afternoon due to the Jewish Sabbath holiday.

What will the parties argue about?

Both parties will initially be given space for their argument. Democrats base their indictment on Trump’s personal responsibility for the events of the Capitol, as part of his efforts to change the outcome of the November presidential election, in which he lost to current president Joe Biden.

Trump’s lawyers have accused Democrats of political opportunism and the so-called Trump mental syndrome, a pejorative term in the United States for an irrational critique of Donald Trump that ignores his actual political actions.

Both sides are already arguing behind the scenes over whether the lawsuit complies with the constitution at all, when Trump no longer holds office in the White House.

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