The House provided its article of impeachment versus former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, starting preparations for the coming trial.
Home impeachment supervisors held a ritualistic procession through National Statuary Hall and the Capitol Rotunda to the Senate on Monday evening to provide the article of impeachment to the secretary of the Senate.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., named 9 Democratic impeachment supervisors for the trial this month, with Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., leading the group. The eight other Democrats are Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Joe Neguse of Colorado, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Joaquin Castro of Texas, Eric Swalwell of California, Ted Lieu of California and Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, along with Stacey Plaskett, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ nonvoting delegate to Congress.
Raskin then read the article out loud to the chamber.
Your home impeached Trump on Jan. 13 for a second time, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his function in the deadly Capitol riot this month. The article likewise cites Trump’s Jan. 2 phone call urging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn the state’s election results as part of his effort “to subvert and obstruct the accreditation of the results of the 2020 presidential election.”
The Democratic-controlled Home approved the article on a 232-197 vote; 10 Republicans sided versus Trump. It was the most bipartisan vote on a governmental impeachment in history, doubling the five Democrats who voted to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998.
The presentation of the article will need the Senate to start the process of holding a trial to determine whether to found guilty Trump and possibly bar him from ever running for any federal office again.
The Maryland legislator released a declaration soon after the short article was delivered, vowing to “present overwhelming evidence of the truths of previous President Trump’s incitement of the violent insurrection” on the Capitol.
None of the impeachment supervisors argued the case in Trump’s first impeachment trial when the Senate acquitted him on charges of obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., informed MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in an interview airing Monday night that Trump should be held liable for encouraging the rioters, which Schumer stated was “the most despicable thing any president has ever done.”
” You can’t simply sweep a few of these outright things under the rug,” he stated. “Plain and simple,”
Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the president pro tempore of the Democratic-controlled Senate, will command the trial because Trump is a previous president.
” When I command the impeachment trial of previous President Donald Trump, I will not waiver from my constitutional and sworn commitments to administer the trial with fairness, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws,” he said in a statement.
The Senate trial is expected to begin the week of Feb. 8 under an offer struck between the celebrations. Senate Republicans had requested more time to permit Trump’s legal representatives to prepare. All 100 senators, who will function as the trial’s jury, will be sworn in on Tuesday afternoon.
Dartunorro Clark is a political press reporter for NBC News.