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#1 » by Erudite (f) (β571.03) » February 10th, 2021, 9:57 pm
Just four years ago, in his manifesto, Donald Trump Jr. vowed to 'Make America Great Again' in his MAGA campaign. During his tenor, he took many steps obviously in that spirit. The China trade changes, Huawei, immigration laws, and many more.
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Fast-forward to now - 4 years later. He's being tried by the senate with possible criminal undertone. After losing the re-election big in what he tagged as 'rigged election,', Donald Trump alegedly fueled a protest by his supporters which rocked the capitol.

You may recall that twice now Trump has been impeached and in the process setting record of being the first president to be impeached twice.

As we speak, and being out of office, his case is being aired by the Dem-dominated senate on possible holding Trump to account on fueling such capitol protest that left 4 dead in its wake.

What do you foresee in Trump's case? Stay tuned as Bestnaija brings you daily updates.

Here's Donald Trump impeachment trial: what you need to know - The Guardian
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Senate trial began on Tuesday for ex-president charged with ‘incitement of insurrection’ over Capitol riot

Donald Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment trial began on Tuesday 9 February in the Senate. He is the first US president to be impeached twice, and it is the first time an impeachment trial has been held against a former president. The trial will hear allegations that he committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” before leaving office.

What is Trump charged with?
On 13 January, the US House of Representatives voted by 232 to 197 to impeach Trump over “incitement of insurrection” after his supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn November’s election result. 10 Republican representatives voted to impeach him, making it the most bipartisan presidential impeachment in US history.

Prosecutors place the blame for the violence squarely on the former president. Five died, hundreds were injured, members of Congress and staff were terrorized and the seat of US government building was left with “bullet marks in the walls, looted art, smeared faeces in hallways” – all in a bid to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. “President Trump’s responsibility for the events of 6 January is unmistakable,” the prosecutors charge in an 80-page memorandum submitted last week.

They opened their case with a chilling video of events on the day, and will argue that his actions in whipping up the crowd with unfounded accusations of election fraud “endangered the life of every single member of Congress” and “jeopardized the peaceful transition of power and line of succession”.

What is Donald Trump claiming in his defense?
Trump has had trouble assembling a legal team. His usual personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had to recuse himself because he also gave a speech at the event where the former president is accused of fomenting insurrection. Trump then appears to have fallen out with his first legal team, which was led by Butch Bowers.

Now led by lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L Castor, Trump’s team have claimed that his speech did not amount to a call to storm the Capitol, he was simply exercising his first amendment rights, and his trial is unconstitutional anyway, because he has left office. Trump will not testify personally.

Who presides over the trial?
Trump’s first impeachment was presided over by chief justice of the supreme court, John Roberts, as set out in the constitution. However, as this trial is of a former president, 80-year-old Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democratic senator – who holds the title of president pro tempore – will preside. It will be prosecuted by a team of nine impeachment managers from the House, and the whole Senate was sworn in as the jury on 26 January.

How long will the trial last?
How long the trial will take is not known, but most people believe it will be much shorter than the three-week trial the last time Trump was impeached over his actions over Ukraine, when he was accused of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. The verdict could come after just a couple of days.

It is unclear yet whether the Senate will vote to allow the legal teams to call witnesses in person, although the trial is highly unusual in that the jury are witnesses, as senators were present in the Capitol and were forced into hiding as the mob invaded the very chamber where the trial will be held.

Will Trump be found guilty?
On the face of it, it seems unlikely. An impeachment trial requires a two-thirds majority for a conviction. If every senator votes, then at least 17 Republicans would need to vote against their former president to reach the required 67-vote threshold.

At the beginning of the trial, 44 Republican senators voted that the process itself is unconstitutional and against holding it at all. It would be quite a leap for them in the space of a few days to go from saying the trial should not take place, to finding Trump guilty.

For many Republican senators the calculation is political. House Representatives who voted to impeach Trump, such as Republican Liz Cheney, have already faced protest and censure from their state Republican parties over their failure to back Trump, who still has strong grassroots support despite losing November’s election.

Will a second impeachment bar Trump running from office in 2024?
Not necessarily. If he was found guilty, there’s no immediate punishment, since he is no longer in office. The Senate could, with a simple majority vote, bar him from holding federal elective office in the future. With the Senate split 50-50, and the vice-president, Kamala Harris, holding the casting vote, that could pass quite simply.

There is a constitutional argument to be had that the Democrat-controlled Senate might try to do this anyway even if Trump is found not guilty, by invoking section three of the post-civil war 14th amendment to the US constitution. That forbids anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the US from holding federal office, but that is likely to be the subject of a significant legal dispute should it arise.

An earlier version of this article was amended on 13 January 2021. It had incorrectly said that not a single Republican in the Senate found Trump guilty in his first impeachment trial. In fact, one Republican senator, Mitt Romney, voted to impeach him on one charge. The article was republished on 10 February to reflect updated developments with the trial.
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#2 » by Dube VIP (β1,232.35) » February 10th, 2021, 10:07 pm
Gosh

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#3 » by Erudite (f) (β571.03) » February 10th, 2021, 10:16 pm
You can follow Trump impeachment trial: Live coverage and news from the Senate at https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-n ... index.html

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#4 » by ogunbusuyi12 (β3.60) » February 11th, 2021, 1:19 am
this is serious
ogunbusuyi

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#5 » by Ire02 (β0.32) » February 11th, 2021, 4:56 pm
:thnk: This is serious

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#6 » by Clinge7 (β0.22) » February 11th, 2021, 4:59 pm
Hmmm,he might not be guilty but not accepted. Very strict

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#7 » by suredavid (β1.04) » February 11th, 2021, 7:37 pm
Wow so it have started

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#8 » by Meddy163 (β17.20) » February 11th, 2021, 8:54 pm
Ok

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#9 » by Marie37 (β1.82) » February 12th, 2021, 9:42 am
All l know is Donald Trump appears at the wwe wrestlingmania, home alone, a business guru, a man and former usa president.

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#10 » by Guest (β0.00) » February 12th, 2021, 12:53 pm
:clap:

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#11 » by High dee (β0.61) » February 13th, 2021, 5:04 am
Okay

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#12 » by GabbyKUL (β1.02) » February 13th, 2021, 10:33 pm
SERIOUS

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#13 » by Ejima (β0.30) » February 16th, 2021, 8:32 am
Just sad we realise what good leader we had in Trump

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#14 » by IFEANYIUCHENDU (β0.10) » February 16th, 2021, 9:07 am
:D:

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#15 » by Ejima (β0.30) » March 7th, 2021, 1:28 pm
Yes regret comes always late

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#16 » by Ejima (β0.30) » March 7th, 2021, 1:29 pm
So sad world had to loos such an good man


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