MOSCOW, February 10 – RIA Novosti. Hearings on the impeachment procedure of former President Donald Trump have started in the US Senate.
The meeting began with a discussion of the constitutionality of the consideration of this issue after the departure of the head of state from his post. As experts on American constitutional law explained to RIA Novosti, there is no specifics in the main law on this score.
In this case, the decision, in fact, rests with the senators, and the majority representatives of the Democratic Party push through their position.
Representing the prosecution, Congressman Jamie Ruskin showed the calendar of four years of Trump's rule. According to the member of the House of Representatives, all this time the ex-president could be impeached, and the events of January 2021 cannot be an exception.
After that, the meeting participants were shown a video lasting more than ten minutes, in which the prosecution connects Trump's call to go to the Capitol with the riots that began.
Bruce Castor, a lawyer for the former American leader at the trial, condemned the violence committed by the participants in the storming of the Capitol on January 6. In addition, Trump's defender expressed the opinion that those responsible for the seizure of the Congress building should be held accountable.
Four hours are given to discuss the constitutionality of impeachment, after which the members of the Senate will vote.
If the decision is positive, the process will continue the next day, and the case will be considered on the merits. Parliamentarians will discuss whether the actions of the former American leader at the rally, after which Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, could be considered incitement to mutiny. Each of the parties will be given up to 16 hours to present their arguments. After that, the senators, who are assigned the role of jury, will vote on the impeachment issue.
The House of Representatives, where Democrats have a majority, has already impeached Trump.
On January 6, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol after a rally in Washington. The work of the congress was interrupted for several hours. The riots killed a demonstrator and a police officer.
Trying to keep Trump out of the election
Former American leader Bruce Castor's defender also called the impeachment an attempt to keep Trump out of the election.
“You have to understand why we are here. We actually gathered only because the majority in the House of Representatives does not want to meet with Donald Trump as a political candidate in the future,” Castor said during a discussion in the Senate.
At the same time, the lawyer also noted that the Americans “just spoke out and changed the administration.”
If the Senate, following the House of Representatives, impeach Trump on charges of incitement to mutiny, then it will subsequently be able to deprive him of the right to run in elections. However, the Democratic Party does not have the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump.