The House of Representatives has handed over to the Senate a clause against former President Donald Trump. He is charged with inciting his supporters to attack the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Following the House clerk and acting bailiff of the House of Congress, nine Democratic congressmen, who will serve as prosecutors, carried the written accusation through the Capitol rotunda into the Senate Hall, following the same path that the Trump crowd had followed.
The Senate is expected to begin trial on February 9.
100 senators are to serve as jurors in a proceeding that could result in Trump’s disqualification from ever again serving as president.
Ten House Republicans backed the Democrats by voting to impeach Trump on January 13. Senate Democrats will need the support of 17 Republicans to convict the former US president, which could be a problem given Trump’s continued loyalty among the conservative GOP electoral base.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said Monday that he will preside over the trial. While the US Constitution states that the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court must do this, it is the Senator who takes on the role of the judge when the impeachment is not against the incumbent.
Chief Justice John Roberts presided over the first impeachment, when the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted Trump in February 2020 on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from his request for Ukraine to investigate President Joe Biden and his son.
Donald Trump is the only US president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives and is set to become the first to be impeached after leaving office.