Trump’s Impeachment Trial Begins: Trial Procedures Are Accepted in Senate
Trump’s Impeachment Trial Begins: Trial Procedures Are Accepted in Senate The first hearing in the Senate has taken place in the judicial process, which was initiated by US President Donald Trump‘s request for impeachment. At the conclusion of the hearing, members of the Senate passed the proceedings by a vote of 53 to 47.
At the next stage, representatives of the House of Representatives will give their keynote speeches, followed by Trump’s defense team.
Requests by Democrats demanding Trump’s dismissal from office to include new evidence in the procedural vote have been rejected, while interviews about witness summoning have also been left to the later stages of proceedings.
Senators who voted along party lines rejected requests for state and White House records to be subpoenaed. In the 100-seat U.S. Senate, Republicans have a majority with 53 seats.
On the other hand, Mitch McConnell, the leader of Republicans in the Senate, has backed away from the idea of quickly finalizing the impeachment case.
Democrats were saying that speeding up the process would be ‘bringing the impeachment case to a standstill’.
The US President Trump is accused of abusing his office for his personal interests and of trying to obstruct a congressional investigation.
Trump, who was in Switzerland for the Davos summit, called the hearing in the Senate a ‘fallacy’.
What Happened in The First Trial?
Today’s session was a preliminary hearing in which the proceedings were set out.
Senators have vowed to act as impartial jurors.
It was decided that the hearings would continue for six hours a day, six days a week.
Mitch McConnell, the leader of the House Republicans who set the rules, decided that the inaugural speeches should go on for three days.
Chuck Schumer, the leader of Democrats in the Senate, demanded that Supreme Court Chairman John Roberts, who serves as a judge on the case, request White House documents with a subpoena. However, this request was rejected by a vote of 53 against 47.
The proposal to include State Department documents as evidence in the case was also rejected by a vote of 47 to 53.
Democratic House of Representatives member Adam Schiff, the leader of the delegation of impeachment executives who will serve as a prosecutor in the trial process, said in his opening remarks, “the bulk of Americans do not believe there will be a fair trial. They don’t believe the Senate will act impartially… they think the outcome of the case is predetermined,” he said.
The defense called the trial a ‘dangerous distortion of the Constitution’ and demanded that President Trump be exonerated as quickly as possible.
Pat Cipollone, a White House adviser who leads the defense, said: “a fair process is running. There’s a case,” he said.
Trump is the third president in U.S. history to be tried for contempt.
Democrats are demanding that names who have served in the White House and are still working with Trump be listened to as witnesses.
But Republicans are expected to delay the process of voting on that request.
What is Trump Accused Of?
There are two separate charges against Trump.
The first is the US President’s claim that he is trying to gain an advantage over his Democratic opponent in the 2020 presidential election by putting pressure on the Ukrainian government.
Trump is accused of linking military aid to Ukraine to the condition that the Ukrainian President OPEN an investigation against the son of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, his likely rival in the U.S. presidential election in November this year.
The second charge is that Trump obstructed the functioning of Congress by not allowing White House officials to testify while the impeachment investigation continues in the House of Representatives.