Tuesday, July 27

The last pulse of the US Congress against Donald Trump


Democrats start the process to end politically with the Republican leader. What may be his second impeachment trial could drag on for months, even with the president already out of the White House

Donald Trump.
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Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, will be at the inauguration ceremony of the president-elect, Joe Biden, on January 20, but he will not activate the 25th Amendment that was contemplated the day after the assault on the Capitol by a mob sympathetic to President Donald Trump. The second option, that of impeachment or impeachment, will begin to be activated this Monday in the House of Representatives championed by the Democratic majority and with the aim of bury Trump’s options for the next election in 2024. If convicted, he could not run again for a second term.

There is optimism among the progressive caucus about what lies ahead in Congress this week. Ted Lieu, Democratic representative of California, has confirmed that they will present the article to begin with the impeachment today and that they already have the support of more than 190 members of the lower house. They blame Trump for incite “an insurrection on Capitol Hill” and they want him to lose his privileges as president due to the violent events that left five dead and several injured in Washington.

“We cannot unite as a country if we ignore the violent insurrection and move on,” Lieu wrote on his Twitter account. “We must hold accountable those behind the attempted coup that threatened members of Congress and resulted in multiple deaths. That begins with the resignation of the president.”

The problem for Democratic ambitions does not depend so much on what the Congress dictates, where they have a majority, but on the Senate, where it should win the support of two thirds of the chamber to be able to convict a president, a company that seems very complicated , even at the most critical moment of the Trump Presidency and with a part of his party clearly against his defiant attitude.

Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, Patrick J. Toomey, believes that “the level of insanity” in which the president has settled was “unthinkable” until a few weeks ago, so he has no doubt in his mind, in his own words, that he should proceed with the impeachment of the man he voted for in the November elections. “I think it’s the best way to go,” he said in an interview with CNN. “I do not know if it can be done in the days that remain of his presidency, because the impeachment article would not reach us until Tuesday or Wednesday if it passes, and I do not know if it can be done after he has ceased to be president, but it could resign and that would be a very good resolution. ” Toomey joined the posture of Ben Sasse, a Republican senator from Nebraska, who would consider studying the impeachment of Trump, and his counterpart from Alaska, Lisa Murkowski, which is also clear. “I want him out,” he said. It has done enough damage already.

It’s a start but far from the 17 Republicans that Democrats would initially need to get the necessary support for impeachment in the Senate. Against them they will have the seven senators who wrote to the Democratic leader in Congress, Nancy Pelosi, to stop the trial of Trump and representatives like Ken Buck of Colorado, who maintains that “a second impeachment, just days before President Trump leaves office, is unnecessary and inflammatory,” he wrote on Twitter.

A time problem

In addition to the lack of support necessary to carry it out, there is the problem of time, of the nine days until Joe Biden assumes power. They force, almost with absolute certainty, that the process be prolonged beyond Trump’s mandate. It is a feasible option and one that is on the table. The congressman James Clyburn, representing South Carolina, said on Sunday that they are studying the possibility of postponing the impeachment trial in the Senate for up to 100 days, which would give Biden time to prioritize measures to combat the pandemic and immediately annul part of the legacy of Trump in various areas, such as the environment and immigration.

Clyburn not only sees Trump’s criminal responsibility for his involvement in the assault on the Capitol but also for his pressure on the Georgia secretary of state to obtain the more than 11,000 votes he was seeking to reverse the electoral result in that region. “It is something that deserves impeachment in itself and should be part of the conversation,” he said.

Evidence there. There is the full transcript of his conversation with Brad Raffensperger in which he even warns him that his inaction could have serious legal consequences. Also evidence that Trump was surprised that other members of his team were not as “excited” as he was about the assault on the Capitol. The president was “delighted” with the situation, in Sasse’s words.

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