‘Impeachment’ | Charge of “inciting insurrection” against Trump reaches the Senate

Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial is unprecedented. No president has ever been subjected to a impeachment twice and less sit on the bench after leaving office.

Nearly a year after his first impeachment trial, Trump faces the charge of inciting insurrection following the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill by his supporters. The most violent attack on Congress in more than 200 years and one that left five dead.

The 100 members of the Senate will decide whether or not the former president is guilty of actually inciting violence.

The trial will begin this Tuesday in the same chamber in which the Trumpist horde stormed. Democrats need at least 17 Republican senators to vote for the conviction. However, the red party is likely to acquit Trump again. It is also likely that there are few witnesses since most of the members of the House of Representatives experienced the assault firsthand as they prepared to confirm the electoral victory of President Joe Biden.

As prosecutors, they will use videos of the siege and Trump’s own unfounded accusations of election fraud as evidence.

The ex-president’s team of lawyers will come to the stand with a defense strategy based on freedom of expression and the unconstitutionality of the process, but insisting on electoral fraud.

His defense team was originally to be led by Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, but Jason Miller, one of Trump’s political advisers, announced in late January that both were leaving the former president’s legal team.

The reason, according to sources cited by CNN, was Trump’s insistence on basing part of his defense on allegations of fraud, a swampy territory with a fine red line where there is a risk of easily falling into perjury.

Finally, Bruce Castor and David Schoen, two jurists accustomed to media cases, have assumed to lead their defense without renouncing allusions to fraud, although for the moment with many precautions.

In these precautions can also be inscribed Trump’s own refusal to testify under oath before or during the impeachment trial, something that had been formally required by Democratic legislator Jamie Raskin, head of the “prosecutors” of the process.

For the Democrats as for the Republics, the stakes are high. If found guilty, Trump will not be able to run for public office again, and he will likely lose his presidential pension. But if he is acquitted, this new victory could become a platform for another presidential candidacy.