UNITED STATES: Will the historical 2nd impeachment trial to convict former President Donald Trump go through? President Joe Biden doesn’t believe this. Biden says that there will not be enough votes to convict former President Donald Trump, once again at his impeachment trial. Biden said he does not think 17 Republican senators will vote to convict Trump, the number necessary if all 50 Democrats vote for a conviction. Even though a trial like this will derail his legislative agenda, Biden said he was ready to take the risk.
Biden’s statement came at a moment when the House was delivering the article of trial that Donald Trump is guilty of inciting deadly riots in the Capitol on 6 January when he told his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn his election defeat. He however said the trial was necessary to bring about accountability and it would be worse if it did not happen.
Trump’s second impeachment trial will formally begin Tuesday as senators are sworn in as jurors, and then take a two-week break. The trial is set to begin in the Senate in the second week of February.
It is reported that Democrat Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving senator who is currently the president pro tempore, will preside, in place of Chief Justice John Roberts
Republican denunciations of Trump have also cooled since the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Now, Republicans are sighting legal issues against the legality of the trial and are doubting whether Trump really has a hand in inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol.
The lead-up and now Biden’s statement confirmed the growing belief that the impeachment trial would largely be a political spectacle. Convicting the former President requires a 2/3rd majority of those present and voting in the 100-member Senate.
Trump meanwhile formally established an “Office of the Former President,” in Florida, to show that he is not going to fade away from the political scene. A statement from his office said, adding, “President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American people.” And now as his chances of remaining a major player in US politics getting a huge boost Tuesday, he surely will be someone to watch in the coming times.
Republican senator Rand Paul, from Kentucky, has recently tabled an objection seeking to deem the trial unconstitutional and have it dismissed. The motion didn’t carry as senate Republicans voted in favour of it, making it clear a conviction of the former president for “incitement of insurrection” appears very unlikely.
Democrats “probably should rest their case and present no case at all,” Paul added.