As early as Monday, the US Senate is due to negotiate the conviction of Donald Trump for his role in the assault on the Capitol.
BERLIN taz | Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic head of the US House of Representatives, wants to present the Senate with the charges against ex-President Donald Trump for “inciting an uprising” as early as Monday. That said the Democratic majority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, on Friday.
The House of Representatives passed the indictment on January 13 with a Democratic majority and a few Republican votes. Trump is accused of inciting the crowd of angry supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, interrupting the confirmation of Joe Biden’s election victory for hours.
It was originally expected that Pelosi would wait a while before the charges were handed over so as not to jeopardize the start of the administration of new President Joe Biden, especially the urgent confirmation of cabinet members by the Senate. It is lagging behind: With secret service director Avril Haiden on Wednesday and Defense Minister Lloyd Austin on Friday, only two members of the government have been confirmed.
Mitch McConnell, the Republican parliamentary group leader, had asked Pelosi this week not to refer the case to the Senate until mid-February. Once the indictment has arisen, the chamber should actually begin the proceedings immediately.
Biden’s cabinet in the morning, Trump’s conviction in the afternoon
The Senate is transformed into a jury chaired by the Chief of the Supreme Court, John Roberts. There are witness hearings and interrogations by prosecution and defense. In the end, the Chamber must decide; For a conviction it takes two thirds, i.e. 67, of the senators.
Since the two new Democratic Senators from Georgia and the replacement for the resigned Vice President Kamala Harris from California were sworn in on Wednesday, the Senate has now had 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats.
The news of the imminent start of the trial bursts in the midst of complicated negotiations between the two parliamentary group leaders Schumer and McConnell on questions of the rules of procedure for this Senate, which will be split in half at least until the mid-term elections in November 2022. Both are now under pressure to agree procedural rules and agendas for the coming weeks by Monday if possible.
From the democratic side, it had been suggested that hearings and votes on the cabinet nominations should be held in the mornings in the responsible committees and in plenary sessions and that Trump should be negotiated in the afternoon. The proposal was received with skepticism by the Republicans.
Conviction of an incumbent president for “serious misconduct or crime” would result in his immediate impeachment. That has never happened in US history – but that negotiations are being held against a president who is no longer in office is a novelty.
Coupled with the condemnation, the Democrats want to vote a second decision that would prohibit Trump from ever running again for public office. Any criminal or civil law proceedings outside of impeachment would not be affected by the outcome of the proceedings.