U.S. House delivers Trump’s impeachment charge to Senate, putting ex-president on trial Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 5, 2021

The United States House of Representatives on Monday night delivered former President Donald Trump’s impeachment charge to Senate.

Nine House Democrats serving as the trial’s prosecutors walked the impeachment article over to the Senate chamber in a ceremonial procession through the U.S. Capitol where pro-Trump supporters rioted on January 6.

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Trump is accused of inciting an insurrection in an attempt to overturn Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s win when both chambers of Congress met on January 6 to certify the results.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve as the lead House impeachment manager, took to the Senate floor and read the five-page “incitement to insurrection” article of impeachment against Trump.

“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as president, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States,” Raskin said.

The Democrats will need 17 Republican votes to convict Trump to be able to ban him from ever holding any public office in the United States.

Trump is the first U.S. President to be impeached twice. He was first impeached in 2019 for pressuring Ukraine’s government to produce political dirt about Joe Biden who was going to run against Trump the next year in 2020.

Trump is also the only president to be tried by the Senate after he has left office.

The nine impeachment managers marched back to their chamber, as directed by the Constitution, after the Senate recessed for the night following Raskin’s reading.

The Constitution recommends that once the impeachment article is delivered to the Senate, the trial should begin the next day at 1 p.m.

Senator will now be sworn as jurors in the trial on Tuesday, although the trial will begin on February 9, according to a scheduled laid out by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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