The nine House Democrats tapped as prosecutors in the second Senate trial against former President Donald Trump have officially delivered an article of impeachment to the upper chamber.
What are the details?
The managers put on a somber display marching ceremoniously through the U.S. Capitol on Monday to present the Senate with its single article that alleges Trump incited an insurrection through his actions surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the very same building by a mob of Trump supporters.
The Hill reported that the lower chamber “impeached Trump 12 days ago and Senate leaders have agreed to postpone the start of the public trial until the week of Feb. 8.” The longest-serving Democrat in the upper chamber, Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy of Vermont, announced Monday that he would preside over the trial rather than Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts.
Ten House Republicans joined Democrats in voting for impeaching Trump, making the condemnation a bipartisan effort as opposed to the first impeachment of the then-president last year when no GOP members cast a vote in favor of his ouster.
The initial impeachment attempt by House Democrats failed in the GOP-led Senate, but the upper chamber is now split 50-50 with Democrats in control. Only Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah voted to convict Trump in the first trial, and while Democrats have more leverage in this second go-round, several conservative members have expressed reservations about convicting the former president now that he is out of office.
The New York Times reported that the 50 Republican senators “for now appear reluctant to convict him,” and Democrats need 17 GOP members to join them — which could be a tall order.
According to The Washington Post:
While no final decisions on trial strategy have been made, House impeachment managers are concentrating on building their case around Trump personally — both what he said in the run-up to the Jan. 6 attack and at a rally that day, and how his words were interpreted within the White House and outside of it, according to people familiar with the deliberations.
President Joe Biden told CNN Monday that the impeachment trial against Trump “has to happen.” The Associated Press reported that while the Democrat acknowledged “the effect it could have on his agenda, he said there would be ‘a worse effect if it didn’t happen.'”
NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell reported that “former President Trump chose the time of the second impeachment being presented to the Senate to announce of post presidency office,” tweeting out a public statement by Trump.
Today, the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, formally opened the Office of the Former President.The Office will be responsible for managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism.
President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American people.