Explainer: What is going to Congress do now that Trump has been impeached a second time? By Reuters

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By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) – The Home of Representatives on Wednesday made Donald Trump the primary U.S. president to be impeached twice, formally charging him with inciting an rebellion only a week after a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol.

Here is a information to what occurs subsequent.

Is the impeachment continuing over?

No. Impeachment refers solely to the Home, the decrease chamber of Congress, bringing expenses, or Articles of Impeachment.

The following main step is for the Senate, the higher chamber, to have a trial to find out Trump’s guilt.

A two-thirds majority is required to convict Trump. If all 100 senators are current for the vote, not less than 17 Republicans want to hitch the Democrats to convict Trump.

When will the trial start?

The Senate’s Republican majority chief, Mitch McConnell, has rejected Democratic requires a right away impeachment trial and mentioned it can not start till after the Senate returns from a recess on Jan. 19.

Meaning the trial will probably start after Trump leaves workplace on Jan. 20. The Home should formally transmit the cost in opposition to Trump to the Senate earlier than the trial can start.

What’s Trump’s probably protection within the Senate trial?

The Home accredited a single article of impeachment – a proper cost – accusing Trump of “incitement of rebellion,” targeted on a speech he delivered to hundreds of supporters shortly earlier than the pro-Trump mob rampaged by means of the Capitol.

Trump is prone to argue at trial that his remarks had been free speech protected by the Structure’s First Modification and that, whereas he instructed supporters to “combat,” he didn’t intend it as a literal name to violence.

Trump launched a videotaped assertion on Wednesday, shortly after the impeachment vote, saying he condemned final week’s violence.

“Violence and vandalism have completely no place in our nation and no place in our motion,” Trump mentioned.

So a former president might be impeached?

Sure. The consensus amongst students is {that a} “late impeachment” is constitutional.

These students be aware that impeachment is used not simply to take away officers from workplace, but additionally disqualify them from future workplace. Meaning there’s nonetheless a purpose to attempt Trump after he leaves the White Home.

The Structure states that one punishment for conviction is “disqualification to carry and luxuriate in any workplace of honor, belief or revenue beneath the USA.”

Beneath Senate precedent, solely a easy majority of Senate is required for disqualification. Traditionally, that vote solely occurs after a conviction. It isn’t clear if somebody should be convicted to be disqualified.

How lengthy will the trial final?

The U.S. Supreme Court docket has mentioned the Senate has broad latitude to set its personal guidelines for how one can conduct an impeachment. However beneath the present guidelines in impact, a trial would take not less than a number of days.

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