DThe American House of Representatives decided on Wednesday to submit the charges in the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump to the Senate. The proceedings against the American President – subject to the subsequent swearing-in of the Supreme Judge and the Senators – are now formally opened. The chamber also confirmed the posting of the seven deputies who will take on the role of accusers in the trial. The Chamber passed the corresponding resolution with 228 votes to 193.
The group of seven prosecutors, the so-called impeachment managers, is led by the chairman of the Secret Service Committee, Adam Schiff. It also includes Jerry Nadler, chairman of the Justice Committee, and democratic group chairman Hakeem Jeffries.
The first task of the impeachment managers is to bring the charges to the Senate and present them there. This should also happen on Wednesday (local time). The next step is to swear the United States Chief Justice, John Roberts. He leads the procedure but does not decide. It is up to the 100 senators.
The process should have started as early as December of last year, but the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi had surprisingly delayed this step. With this tactic, Pelosi wanted the Senate majority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, to agree with the Democrats on the rules of procedure in the Senate. She didn't succeed.
Democrats reportedly come up with new evidence against Trump
The Democrats wanted to hear new witnesses in the Senate because the White House blocked several hearings in the House of Representatives. It was only on Tuesday evening that the party announced that it had further incriminating evidence against Trump. As stated in a message, this included confidential telephone data. In addition, a man named Lev Parnas, who has ties to Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has made incriminating material available to the Intelligence Committee.
Adam Schiff, published material from Parnas. Parnas and a companion were arrested in Washington in October. They are accused of using illegal campaign donations to force the removal of the then American ambassador to Ukraine. Among the documents published by Schiff is a letter from Giuliani, in which he, in his role as Trump's personal lawyer, sought to meet with the designated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj in May. In a handwritten note from Parnas it says: "Get Selenskyj to announce that the Biden case will be investigated."
McConnell stressed that this would only be decided after the senators heard the arguments of the prosecution and the defense. Last week, the Republican said he had the 51 votes – a simple majority of the 100 senators – needed to set the rules without an agreement with the Democrats.
Ship: Impeachment is the only "cure"
At Wednesday's debate, Justice Committee chairman Jerry Nadler reiterated Democrats' request that the Senate request additional documents and hear all relevant witnesses. A trial without witnesses is not a trial, but a cover-up, said Nadler. In the meantime, Schiff again made the accusations of the Democrats. Trump put his personal interests above national ones. "And if he is not stopped, he will do it again," said the prosecutor. The only "remedy" are the guilty verdict and impeachment.
Trump has to face impeachment in the Senate as the third president in U.S. history. He is accused of abuse of power and hindrance to the US Congress investigation. The background is the Ukraine affair. The Democrats accuse Trump of urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj to investigate his political rival Joe Biden in order to influence the 2020 presidential election in his favor. They see it as proven that Trump has made a meeting with Selenskyj in the White House and the release of military aid for Ukraine dependent on the announcement of such investigations. When that came out, Trump had done everything he could to block the House investigation.
However, the fact that the president will actually be removed from office is extremely unlikely due to the Republican majority in the Senate. This would require a two-thirds majority of the senators. Both Republicans and Democrats have made it clear in advance where they stand on the issue of impeachment. The White House spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said on Wednesday that Trump was expecting all charges.
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