On the afternoon of January 21 local time (dawn 22 January Vietnam time), the US Senate began a impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, involving two charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress by the conclusion of the House of Representatives submissions.
This is the third time in US history that an incumbent President has been tried by the Senate. However, American history has never witnessed a US president deposed through the impeachment process in Congress.
At the beginning of the trial, US lawmakers began to debate the rules of trial in the Senate.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer announced the trial process would “restrict journalism” and many reporters specializing in information about Congress would not be allowed to participate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that, according to the resolution setting out the rules of the law he submitted, prosecutors representing the House of Representatives and defense lawyers for the president will have three days. to present my arguments.
Every day the trial will have to end at about 21 o’clock in the East Coast time of the US, instead of scheduled to end at 1 am as the content of the original resolution.
Earlier, on January 15, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution to send two impeachments of President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial. Representatives of the House of Representatives attending the Senate trial will be the seven Deputies acting as prosecutors, including Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Jason Crow, Val Demings and Sylvia Garcia. In it, Mr. Adam Schiff will be in charge of the group.
On December 18, 2019, the US House of Representatives approved two terms of impeachment of President Trump, including abusing power to pressure Ukraine to investigate potential political rivals of the Democratic Party, former Deputy President Joe Biden and hinders Congressional investigation.
On January 16, US senators were sworn in as jurors at the impeachment session of President Trump. At the oath ceremony before the US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided over the impeachment of the President in the Senate, the Senators pledged “fair trial” to the President and each Senator signed it. The name on a book confirms the oath.
On January 20, US President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued that the impeachment case against him was a product of a Democratic fraud procedure and “must be dismissed” at the impeachment session. in the Senate, which is expected to be formally conducted on January 21.
An administrative document summarizing the instructions for Senate procedures before the Trump trial has called for a Republican-controlled Senate to quickly acquitted two terms of impeachment of the president. controlled by the House of Representatives, which was previously controlled by the Democratic Party.
Earlier, the White House also criticized the move by Democrats controlling the House to push the impeachment trial of President Trump, calling it “the culmination of one of the most embarrassing political episodes.” in American history. “
President Trump has accused Democrats of pursuing an “illegal party coup” and declared war on American democracy. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on December 17, President Trump condemned the Democratic Party’s impeachment process in the House of Representatives, saying it was an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power.
According to observers, the scenario of the US Senate approving the impeachment resolution of the House of Representatives, thereby forcing President Trump to leave the White House ahead of schedule, is very low because currently, Mr. Trump’s Republican Party is holding number of seats (53) at this legislature.
In order to convict President Trump in the Senate, Democrats need to get at least 20 more “betrayal votes” of Republican lawmakers to get a majority of votes (67 votes) and depose. Mr. Trump. During the trial, Senators may also hold a vote to end the trial early if there is a minimum of 51 votes in favor.
The impeachment process of the US President (Source: The Guardian)
On January 20, US President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued that the impeachment case for him was a Democratic fraud and needed “to be dismissed” at the expected Senate impeachment. will be conducted on January 21.
The US president added ‘talent’ to a group of defense lawyers at the impeachment session in the Senate
US President Donald Trump invited former independent lawyer Ken Starr and influential lawyer Alan Dershowitz to join his defense group in impeachment in the Senate. Former lawyer Ken Starr was the one who paved the way for the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1998, while Mr. Dershowitz is a famous scholar specializing in American Constitution.
On January 16, U.S. senators were sworn in as jurors at the impeachment session of President Donald Trump.
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution sending the impeachment of President Trump to the US Congress
According to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Washington, on January 15, the US House of Representatives passed two impeachment terms against US President Donald Trump with 228 votes in favor and 193 votes against, paving the way for President Trump’s trial in the Senate to attend. ants on January 21 and last for 7 days.
President Trump criticized the Democrats for ‘cheating’ after announcing the group’s involvement in the impeachment of charges
According to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Washington, on January 15, President Donald Trump criticized Democrats in the House of Representatives as “cheating” as soon as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a list of seven congressmen. His impeachment in the Senate.