The U.S. Senate on Tuesday will commence the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump making him the third U.S. president to face impeachment in U.S history and for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump has been accused of holding military aid from Ukraine in an attempt to get information Joe Biden who is a candidate in the 2020 Presidental candidate and his Hunter Biden.
Democratic chairmen of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler will lead a seven-member team to prosecute President Trump. The team will include U.S. Democratic Representatives Zoe Lofgren of California, Sylvia Garcia of Texas, Val Demings of Florida, Hakeem Jeffries of New York, and, Jason Crow of Colorado.
Representing President Trump during the impeachment trial are U.S. Replicalian Representatives Lee Zeldin of New York, John Ratcliffe of Texas, Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Doug Collins of Georgia, Debbie Lesko of Arizona, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Doug Collins of Georgia, Mark Meadows of North Carolina and, Elise Stefanik of New York. White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz will also be representing President Trump.
According to President Trump’s legal team, they have stated that the President has done “absolutely nothing wrong.” Trump’s legal team also stated that the impeachment is “dangerous perversion of the Constitution.”
The White House released a 110-page legal brief explaining Trump’s impeachment defense. The legal brief argues that the two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress does not warrant impeachment. The legal team has stated that the impeachment trial is a way for Democrats to change the results of the 2016 Presidental election.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out the rules for the trial. McConnell proposed that each side should be able to have 24 hours for opening statements, with both sides getting 12 hours over two working days. McConnell’s resolution also included that witnesses must first be deposed.
Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded to McConnell’s resolution and says it is “a national disgrace” and will request an amendment to McConnell’s resolution. Schumer will demand votes today to subpoena witnesses. Schumer believes that that Replucians are trying to put obstacles in the way os the impeachment trial.
President Trump who is in Davos, Switzerland attending the World Economic Forum, on Titter stated, Schumer, wants “fairness now. ”Trump continued. that when he asked for fairness he received “zero.”
Cryin’ Chuck Schumer is now asking for “fairness”, when he and the Democrat House members worked together to make sure I got ZERO fairness in the House. So, what else is new?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2020
The impeachment trial can last for a couple of weeks to a few months to finish. President Trump is the third president to ever be impeached in the United States. In 1868, the first president to be impeached was Andrew Johnson. Then in 1999, the second president to be impeached was Bill Clinton. At no time in history has a president been removed from office.
There are 53 Republicans and 45 Democrats in the Senate. For President Trump to be removed from office he would need 67 Senate votes.