Trump’s indictment in the Senate, for an impeachment trial in February

After a solemn ceremony, Donald ’s second impeachment trial, a first for a former US president, will not start until February 9.

Behind this deadline, on which Republicans and Democrats have agreed: the desire to give the Republican billionaire more time to prepare his defense. But also to Joe Biden to start his presidency, seeing more members of his cabinet confirmed by the Senate and, he hopes, the first major bills adopted.

In the meantime, the new president is increasing the number of decrees to try to restore the world’s largest economy and fight against the epidemic.

Historic “Impeachment”

With his indictment for “Incitement to insurgency” voted in the House of Representatives on January 13, Donald Trump became the first president of the United States to fall twice under the blow of an “impeachment”.

Shortly before 7 p.m. (1 a.m. this Tuesday, January 26, French time), the Democratic “prosecutors” of the House had to cross the corridors which separate them from the Senate, under the dome of the Capitol, to present the indictment of the 45th President of the United States.

Then they had to read it in front of the senators.

Donald Trump is accused of having incited his supporters to launch an assault on the seat of Congress on January 6, while parliamentarians certified the victory of his rival Joe Biden in the presidential election.

“You will never take back our country by being weak. You have to show strength and you have to be strong ”, he had launched to the demonstrators shortly before the attack on the Capitol, which left five dead.

These scenes of violence have upset America, and pushed several big names in the Republic to denounce the behavior of the stormy billionaire.

But a Senate conviction appears unlikely at this stage, with the real estate mogul, still very popular with his constituents, still counting on key supporters in the upper house.

“Stupid” trial

Even if the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, did not rule out voting for his conviction, he does not intend to influence his troops publicly, and was careful Monday in the chamber to pronounce on this trial.

“I find this trial stupid”, had thundered Senator Marco Rubio on Fox the day before.

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The country is already in flames and it is like pouring gasoline on this fire. “

Others even hope to block the holding of the trial altogether, by declaring it unconstitutional to try a former president.

“That doesn’t make any sense”, retorted the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, on Monday. Because this “Theory (…) would amount to giving a constitutional privilege to all presidents”.

A great critic of Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney is one of the few Republicans to support the procedure, without however commenting on the meaning of his vote.

This ex-presidential candidate was the only Republican to convict Mr. Trump in his first impeachment trial, in February 2020 in the Ukraine case.

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The president was then acquitted.

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