The next phase of the trial is set to begin on the 10th of February, Wednesday.
Donald Trump is creating history, but not in the way he would have wanted. The 74-year-old is the first American President to be impeached twice. The reason behind his impeachment is none other than the US Captiol riots that took place on the 6th of January, where he is said to be guilty over “incitement of insurrection”. The Guardian reports that the trial will hear allegations that he committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” before leaving office. As per NPR, the trials were held on Tuesday, 9th Feb, and the senate voted that the trial of a former president is constitutional.
According to CNBC, Trump's impeachment trial is set to present new evidence that shows he spent days planning the riots, and that he also “incited it further” once the violence began, according to senior aides. “The evidence of Trump’s guilt in this case is overwhelming,” aides to the House impeachment managers told reporters hours before the impeachment trial.
A video clip showing the events that transpired on January 6 was played in the senate, and watching the angry rioters breaking into and trashing the building it was quite emotional for many present as they were hiding from the angry mob on the day.
The aides also said at the time that it is possible that Republicans might change their mind and vote against Trump to bar him from becoming President ever again, after they hearing what a "devastating case" this is. “Once they see that this President did in fact incite a violent insurrection in order to hold onto power, I think it very well may be the case that reluctant senators change their mind and vote to convict,” aides said.
They also added that for the members of the House on the impeachment team, this is personal because they were also in grave danger after being targetted by the MAGA supporters who broke into the Capitol. “They are not taking this lightly,” the aides said. The impeachment managers’ aides then added that they are confident of the strength of the case. “The House will establish at trial that President Trump merits conviction and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States,” the aides said.
56-44: Senate impeachment trial of fmr President Donald Trump is constitutional. 6 Republican Senators voted Yes with all Democrats: Cassidy (LA), Collins (ME), Murkowski (AK), Romney (UT), Sasse (NE) & Toomey (PA). Leahy presiding announces:"Senate shall proceed with the trial." pic.twitter.com/1Oj7rIjsO0— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) February 9, 2021
For Trump to be convicted, 17 Republicans will have to join the Democrats and vote in favor of Trump's impeachment. While that didn't happen, six Republicans did vote, bringing the total to 56-44. The Republicans who voted for the trial's constitutionality were Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
The next phase of the trial is set to begin on the 10th of February, Wednesday, and it's been annouced that Trump will not testify personally. While people are unsure how long the trial will last, most of them are hopeful it won't last three weeks like the last time, when he was accused of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. One can only hope that justice prevails at the end of the day.