Tuesday, July 27

Donald Trump, first president in US history subjected to two impeachments

  • Impeachment last fight against Donald Trump

“For all of the above, Donald Trump has shown that, if allowed to continue in office, he will be a danger to national security, democracy, and the Constitution, and that he has acted in a manner that is extremely incompatible with the independence of State and the Rule of Law. Donald Trump, therefore, deserves ‘impeachment’ and judgment [poltico], expulsion from office, and disqualification from the exercise of any position of representation, honor, trust or remuneration of U.S“.

With that paragraph ends the ‘article of impeachment‘ that he Democratic Party presented this Monday in the US House of Representatives. It is the second ‘impeachment’ that Donald Trump suffers in eleven months. A year ago it was for his attempt to force the Government of Ukraine to announce the opening of an investigation into the son of the then White House candidate – and today president-elect – Joe Biden. Now it is for “incitement to insurrection”, after last Wednesday, his supporters stormed the United States Congress to try to prevent the ratification of Biden’s electoral victory, in an action unprecedented in the history of the country. in which five people died, including a policeman.

Trump thus becomes the first president in the history of the United States to be subjected to two impeachments. And the first, too, against whom this process is opened in his first term. The only two presidents who suffered impeachment – Andrew Johnson, in 1868, and Bill Clinton, in 1998 – were in their second terms. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before ‘impeachment’ was featured.

It seems almost certain that this ‘impeachment’ is going to be successful, just like last year’s ‘Ukrainegate’. But its meaning is symbolic. As it explains Cass Sustein, former adviser to Barack Obama and professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University in his book ‘Impeachment. To Citizen’s Guide ‘(‘ Impeachment. A guide for the citizen ‘), this figure “is, more or less, analogous to an indictment, and then the Senate, acting as a kind of’ court, ‘conducts a trial and decides if the defendant is ‘guilty’ “.

For the impeachment to succeed, the votes of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, where that party has a majority, are enough. But the trial is in the Senate, where there are, at the moment, 51 Republicans and 48 Democrats or independents who vote with them.

And, for the procedure to go ahead, 67 votes are needed. That is impossible, because the vast majority of Republicans are going to oppose it. Moreover, the measure would have, more than anything, a symbolic character. Due to timing issues, the impeachment trial will not begin until, at the earliest, on January 20 at 1 p.m., that is, just one hour after Trump has ceased to be president.

It is also possible that the Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives delay sending the proceedings to the Senate for several months, so as not to interfere with Joe Biden’s agenda. That will allow that party, at least, to have the majority in the Senate, once the two senators who won elections in Georgia last week take office in late January. Even if the end result will not change at all, a Democratic-controlled Senate can play with timing and procedures to inflict maximum political damage on Trump and, above all, Republicans.

Donald Trump.

Trump’s defiant attitude

The impeachment, therefore, would be a battle for the 2024 elections in which the only thing that will be decided is whether Trump remains disqualified from the exercise of federal public office. The outgoing president also maintains a defiant attitude. After spending the weekend cloistered in the official residence of Camp David, in the mountains of Maryland, tomorrow Tuesday he travels to the town of Alamo, in Texas, to visit the works of his famous and controversial wall against illegal immigration. The White House did not raise its flag at half mast in mourning for Brian Sicknick, the police officer killed in the assault on the Capitol, until Sunday. The first lady, Melania Trump, has released a note this Monday expressing her regret for the assault in which she mentioned the dead assailants – several of them, followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which affirms that Trump fights against a worldwide pedophile network – before Sicknick.

Rejection of Trump among Republican leaders seems more rhetorical than factual. That is precisely where the ‘impeachment’ comes from. Democrats wanted to pass a Resolution asking Vice President Mike Pence to apply the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, By virtue of which the president can be incapacitated and warning him that, if he did not do so in 24 hours, they would launch the ‘impeachment’. But a Republican congressman blocked the proposal. That will force the House tomorrow to vote on that initiative so that Pence begins the process to disqualify Trump in one day. Since it is taken for granted that he will not do it, on Wednesday the ‘impeachment’ will be voted.

Although there has been a cascade of resignations from middle managers from his team, no heavyweights have left the government. And Trump maintains enormous popularity among the Republican base. The leaders of that party in Congress oppose the ‘impeachment’. Meanwhile, the FBI has warned that pro-Trump groups are preparing new violent actions for next week, when Biden is sworn in. Thus, it is clear that the ‘impeachment’ only puts one more brick in the wall that separates the two United States.

Serious facts

The refusal of the majority of Republicans to take decisive action against Trump contrasts sharply with the harshness of the ‘impeachment article’, which justifies the accusation of “incitement to insurrection”, in a series of events of the utmost gravity. Among them, the assault of his followers on the Capitol, on January 6, in order to prevent the ratification of the electoral victory by Joe Biden on Nov. 3. The document states that, at the rally that preceded the action, Trump “reiterated the false claims that” we have won the elections, and we have devastated “, and, furthermore,” he voluntarily made statements that, in that context, encouraged – Predictably, with success – illegal actions on Capitol Hill, like “if you don’t fight like hell, you won’t have a country anymore.”

The result of that invocation to violence was the assault on the Capitol, where the two houses of the Legislature – the House of Representatives and the Senate – met in an act without precedent in the history of the United States in which the legislators and the vice president , Mike Pence, had to be evacuated to be safe from the mob, and five people died, including a policeman.

According to the text, Trump’s attitude “continues his previous efforts to subvert and obstruct the ratification of the results of the November 3 presidential election. Those previous efforts included the January 2 phone call, in which President Trump urged to Georgia’s Secretary of State, Ralph Raffensperger, to “find” the votes necessary for him to win the election and threatened Secretary Raffensperger if he did not. ” Indeed, Raffensperger, who, like Trump, is a Republican, had to leave the Georgia State Capitol protected by the police on the 6th, since a mass of militiamen and Trump sympathizers had gathered in front of the building and threatened with carry out violent acts.

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