Trump impeachment resolution delivered to US Senate
- 26 January 2021
The US House of Representatives has delivered to the Senate a resolution on impeaching former President Donald Trump, according to a broadcast on the website of the lower house of Congress, APA reports citing TASS.
The situation is unprecedented since for the first time in the country’s history a president (who has stepped down now) is subject to the impeachment procedure twice. Trump is accused of "willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States." The impeachment process is due to begin after February 8.
During the trial, the House impeachment managers will prosecute the case and the senators will be jurors. The trial will be presided over by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, the Senate’s president pro tempore.
Under the Constitution, "when the President of the United States is impeached, the Chief Justice shall preside." Chief Justice John Roberts presided over the first impeachment trial during which the Republican was acquitted of charges (abuse of power and obstruction of Congress). However, given that Trump’s presidential powers expired on January 20, a legislator will preside over the impeachment trial for the first time in the US history.