Impeaching the impeachment

The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is slated to begin this week as House Democrats will begin laying out their case in the Senate trial.

Trump’s lawyers, David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr., have already filed their brief stating that they believe the impeachment is “unconstitutional, and must be dismissed with prejudice,” since Trump no longer holds office.

If the impeachment is constitutional then why is the Senate’s President Pro Tempore Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy presiding over the trial? The Constitution clearly states that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court should preside.

However, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has recused himself from the trial, with other Democrats including Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer suggesting he did not need to preside since Trump is no longer holding the position of president.

The lone charge Trump faces is that he is “singularly responsible for the violence and destruction that unfolded in our seat of government on January 6,” according to the House resolution. The House handlers are led by Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland.

Lastly as I have written about previously, the timeline of the Capitol Hill protest has the beginning of breaching of the building happening while Trump was concluding his speech more than a mile away.

In the end Trump will be exonerated since the House managers will not get the 67 Senate votes needed to convict. It is just the latest sling and arrow against the former president.

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