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Rudy says he can’t be on Trump’s impeachment defense because speech at Capitol ‘makes him a witness’

Rudy Giuliani has said he will not be on Donald Trump’s legal team for the upcoming Senate impeachment trial – a day after claiming he would be spearheading the president’s defense.

Speaking to ABC News on Sunday night, the former mayor of New York said: ‘Because I gave an earlier speech [at the January 6 Trump rally], I am a witness and therefore unable to participate in court or Senate chamber.’

During the speech, Giuliani had instructed supporters to engage in ‘trial by combat’  moments before they stormed the Capitol – comments which have left him facing his own potential legal troubles. 

Giuliani’s about-turn Sunday came hours after Trump’s campaign spokesperson issued a statement to contradict an earlier claim made by Giuliani on Saturday that he’d be spearheading Trump’s impeachment defense.  

‘President Trump has not yet made a determination as to which lawyer or law firm will represent him for the disgraceful attack on our Constitution and democracy, known as the “impeachment hoax.” We will keep you informed,’ spokesman J. Hogan Gidley tweeted on Sunday.

Gidley’s Twitter feed is one of the few remaining social medial outlets Trump can use to get his message out – though Gidley must be careful not to share a message worded directly from the president, or his account would likely be shut down for aiding ‘ban evasion’. 

Giuliani, who is Trump’s personal attorney, was spotted visiting the White House on Saturday, after the ABC interview. His status in Trump’s eyes remains unclear after the president reportedly refused to pay Giuliani’s $20,000-a-day legal fees in displeasure at his failed efforts to challenge the election results.

It comes as confusion surrounds who will represent Trump at impeachment, with many of the lawyers who defended him in his first Senate trial declining to participate in the second. 

Giuliani was spotted visiting the White House on Saturday, after he had claimed to be on the president's impeachment legal team, which the Trump campaign later denied

Giuliani was spotted visiting the White House on Saturday, after he had claimed to be on the president’s impeachment legal team, which the Trump campaign later denied

Trump, seen on January 12, reportedly refused to pay Giuliani's $20,000-a-day legal fees in displeasure at his failed efforts to challenge the election results

Trump, seen on January 12, reportedly refused to pay Giuliani’s $20,000-a-day legal fees in displeasure at his failed efforts to challenge the election results

In the interview on Saturday,  Giuliani had claimed of the impeachment defense: ‘I’m involved right now… that’s what I’m working on.’

Giuliani said there are ‘different opinions’ regarding how the president should approach his second impeachment, but said he planned to show that Trump’s claims of election fraud were not incitement by proving in the Senate trial that the fraud claims themselves are true.

‘They basically claimed that anytime [Trump] says voter fraud, voter fraud – or I do, or anybody else – we’re inciting to violence; that those words are fighting words because it’s totally untrue,’ he said. 

‘Well, if you can prove that it’s true, or at least true enough so it’s a legitimate viewpoint, then they are no longer fighting words,’ he added.

Giuliani’s dozens of lawsuits alleging election fraud were all rejected in court, and Trump himself has not yet indicated whether he hopes to turn the Senate impeachment trial into a final public showdown on his unproven election fraud claims. 

The trial will take place after Trump leaves office on Wednesday, and many of the lawyers who might be likely candidates to defend Trump have indicated they are not interested.

Constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who joined Trump’s team last year and appeared in the Senate chamber, told DailyMail.com: ‘I will be defending the First Amendment in the court of public opinion, not in the Senate.’ He didn’t say whether Trump had asked him to serve in his defense.

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz, seen at Trump's first impeachment, said he won't defend Trump at a second impeachment trial, but will defend the First Amendment in public

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz, seen at Trump’s first impeachment, said he won’t defend Trump at a second impeachment trial, but will defend the First Amendment in public

John Eastman (left), who joined Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on stage at the January 6 rally, is being considered for a role on Trump's defense team, sources said

John Eastman (left), who joined Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on stage at the January 6 rally, is being considered for a role on Trump’s defense team, sources said

White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who helped lead the defense effort during the impeachment over Ukraine, is also not expected to participate in the latest effort, according to one person familiar with the matter. Cipollone will leave his post on January 20, when Joe Biden becomes president.

Jay Sekulow, another personal lawyer for Trump who played a role during the first impeachment, also is not expected to be involved.

Now, Trump is considering hiring a law professor who spoke at his January 6 rally, according to two people familiar with the matter.

John Eastman, who joined Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on stage at the rally, is being considered for a role on Trump’s defense team, the people said.

Eastman, 60, who made unsubstantiated claims of election fraud at the rally, would neither confirm nor deny whether he will represent Trump, citing attorney-client privilege.

Asked whether he would be willing, Eastman said: ‘If the President of the United States asked me to consider helping him, I would certainly give it consideration.’

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Eastman and has declined to comment on Giuliani. 

Last week, Trump expressed disappointment with some of Giuliani’s legal moves in challenging the election results, and ordered aids not to pay his fees of $20,000 a day in the failed push, two officials told the Washington Post.

The officials said the president is also demanding to personally approve all expenses incurred by Giuliani in his multi-state legal campaign to prove election fraud, which quickly fizzled in court. 

In his election challenge push, Giuliani held a notorious press conference in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside Philadelphia in November, leading to speculation that the location had been booked in the belief it was the posh Four Seasons hotel

In his election challenge push, Giuliani held a notorious press conference in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside Philadelphia in November, leading to speculation that the location had been booked in the belief it was the posh Four Seasons hotel

In Michigan, Giuliani's star witness Mellissa Carone (above) drew mockery from Saturday Night Live over her disjointed claims of massive election fraud

In Michigan, Giuliani’s star witness Mellissa Carone (above) drew mockery from Saturday Night Live over her disjointed claims of massive election fraud

It was a sign Trump’s relationship with Giuliani may be fracturing – although the president’s lawyer is one of the few who have vigorously defended him in public, insisting that Trump’s actions were not incitement.

Giuliani has been a key legal advisor to Trump in his election challenge, after leading a leading a personal crusade to unearth potential dirt on Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.

The former New York City mayor’s legal charge challenging the election took bizarre turns at times, such as the notorious press conference held in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside Philadelphia.

It led to speculation that the location had been mistakenly booked in the belief that it was the upscale Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in Center City, although the incident was never fully explained.

At another press conference, at the Republican National Committee in Washington DC, an agitated and sweaty Giuliani appeared to be melting on live TV, with some kind of hair dye dripping down the side of his face.

Trump, who is known to fixate on the image of his aides, insisting they project a polished veneer, was likely unhappy with those debacles and the mockery they drew.

As well, Giuliani now faces his own potential legal exposure for telling supporters to engage in ‘trial by combat’ in his remarks at a January 6 rally, following which Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.  

Giuliani now faces his own potential legal exposure for advocating 'trial by combat' in his remarks at a January 6 rally, following which Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol

Giuliani now faces his own potential legal exposure for advocating ‘trial by combat’ in his remarks at a January 6 rally, following which Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol 

Giuliani has said that he was quoting from the HBO series Game Of Thrones, which he inexplicably described as a 'famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.' In 'Game of Thrones' the trial resulted in Bronn (left) slitting the throat of Ser Vardis Egen (right)

Giuliani has said that he was quoting from the HBO series Game Of Thrones, which he inexplicably described as a ‘famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.’ In ‘Game of Thrones’ the trial resulted in Bronn (left) slitting the throat of Ser Vardis Egen (right) 

Defending his rally remarks, Giuliani has said that he was quoting from the HBO series Game Of Thrones, which he inexplicably described as a ‘famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.’

‘I was referencing the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion,’ Giuliani told The Hill, referring to a character from the series. 

‘When Tyrion, who is a very small man, is accused of murder. He didn’t commit murder, he can’t defend himself, and he hires a champion to defend him,’ he added. 

Giuliani’s rally comments appear in evidence for impeachment, after a House Judiciary Committee report cited them before the House voted to impeach Trump Wednesday on a single count of ‘incitement to insurrection.’

Giuliani is also facing possible expulsion from the New York State Bar Association over the incendiary remarks. 

Removal from the bar association, a voluntary membership organization dating to 1876, is not the same as being disbarred and banned from practicing law. That can only be done by the courts.

It’s unclear whether Giuliani’s rally remarks would raise concerns for Trump about including him on his impeachment legal team. 

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Trump backhanded Rudy Giuliani for ‘impeachment’ | The State

Giuliani failed to win a single major electoral battle in court.

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President Donald trump seems to have lost trust in his personal attorney Rudy giuliani, who had said he was involved in the president’s defense team for the second impeachment trial.

“I am involved in this moment … I am working on that”Giuliani told ABC News.

But within hours of the release of such information, President Trump’s campaign team indicated that no decision has been made on the matter.

President Trump has not yet determined which lawyer or law firm will represent him for the shameful attack on our Constitution and democracy, known as the “impeachment hoax.”. We will keep you informed, “said the president’s team in a statement, according to Daily Mail.

Previous reports indicated that President Trump is furious with Giuliani for his failure in court to defend the accusation of “electoral fraud.”

He also considered that the former mayor of New York charges too much, in reference to the $ 20,000 a day he demanded, in addition to the fact that he made several trips for which he should be paid travel expenses.

“Trump has ordered his assistants not to pay Giuliani’s legal fees”, reported The Washington Post.

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Trump plans political revenge against the 10 Republican representatives who voted in favor of impeachment against him | The State

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Outgoing President Donald Trump forges a political revenge against the 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted in favor of a “Impeachment” or impeachment against him as a result of the assault on the federal Capitol on January 6.

A Wall Street Journal report this week indicates that the president would have asked for information from the group of 10 after Wednesday’s vote in the lower house.

Although Trump’s strategies against naysayers within his own Party are unclear, the report indicates that the mogul wants to know who the lawmakers are and if he has ever done anything for them. The president also reportedly asked who could compete against them if they face reelection in two years.

Even if Trump leaves the position on January 20 along with the inauguration of Joe biden, it is expected that the Republican will continue to have influence over the legislators of that delegation in Congress.

House Republican No. 3 Liz Cheney of Wyoming has already begun to feel the pressure of Trump’s moves, according to the report. Some members of the Freedom Committee have asked him to resign, which Cheney has resisted.

But the differences between Cheney and Trump date back to when they clashed over foreign policy. The president called for his removal during a speech prior to the riot in Washington.

The other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump were Representatives Tom Rice of South Carolina; John Katko, from New York; Anthony González, from Ohio; Peter Meijer, from Michigan; Adam Kinzinger, from Illinois; Dan Newhouse from Washington; Fred Upton, from Michigan; Jaime Herrera Beutler, from Washington, and David Valadao, from California.

Possible scope of impeachment

After the approval of a second political trial against the president, it is now up to the Senate to address the matter. However, the process seems out of the question at least before Biden is sworn into office.

House of Representatives Democratic Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi he must send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, a key step for the impeachment process to continue in the Upper House.

“We have to determine what kind of evidence we should present to the Senate to prove our impeachment article,” Democratic Representative Diana DeGette, one of those in charge of the process in the House of Representatives, told CNN on Thursday.

Thus, the planning of the trial in the Senate is in a preliminary stage.

The report from the Efe agency indicates that although the process would not entail the official dismissal of the president, since he would have handed over the Presidency to his successor, a conviction would imply disqualifying him from holding public office in the event that he stands for the election in 2024 .

Other privileges he would lose include a lifetime pension equal to what a minister earns (about $ 220,000 annually), or his right to have an honorable funeral and to be buried, if he so wishes, in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Lindsey Graham fears convicting Trump could lead to impeachment of George Washington

‘Why not impeach George Washington?’ Lindsey Graham says convicting Trump of impeachment AFTER he leaves office could lead to impeaching past presidents such as slave-owning Founder

  • Lindsey Graham opposed Trump’s attempts to overturn the election last week
  • But the Republican has since sided with Trump and disagrees with impeachment
  • Graham fears it could set a precedent for convicting former presidents 

Lindsey Graham said he fears that convicting Donald Trump could lead to the impeachment of former presidents such as George Washington as he blasted the ‘outrageous misconduct’ of Congress.

The Republican senator broke with the President last week, refusing to join a Trump-backed effort to contest Joe Biden’s electoral college win as the vote was being certified by Congress in the hours after the MAGA riot.

‘All I can say is count me out, enough is enough,’ Graham told his Senate colleagues then. ‘When it’s over it is over.’

Lindsey Graham said he fears that convicting Donald Trump could lead to the impeachment of former presidents such as George Washington

But he has since sided again with Trump, traveling on Air Force One with the President to Texas this week for a Border Wall speech, and speaking out against his impeachment.

Graham now claims that impeaching Trump could set a dangerous precedent which could lead to other former presidents also being convicted.

He told Sean Hannity on Fox News: ‘To my Republican colleagues, let’s stand up for the idea that post-presidential impeachments are bad for the presidency, bad for the country, and if we go along with it as Republicans, we will destroy the Republican Party. Over time we will destroy the presidency.

‘Under this theory, the radical left — if you can impeach a president after they are out of office, why don’t we impeach George Washington?

The Republican senator broke with the President last week, refusing to join a Trump-backed effort to contest Joe Biden's electoral college win

The Republican senator broke with the President last week, refusing to join a Trump-backed effort to contest Joe Biden’s electoral college win

‘He owned slaves. Where does this stop?!’ 

Graham also criticized the motives of those wanting to impeach Trump, saying a conviction will lead to more unrest.

He said: ‘These actions, if they continue, will incite more violence.

‘Every time you ask President Trump to calm his people down, to reject violence, to move on, he has done it. How has he been met? I think outrageous misconduct by the Congress itself.’

His comments came hours after the House of Representatives made Trump the first ever president to be impeached twice.

Graham claims that impeaching Trump could set a dangerous precedent which could lead to other former presidents such as George Washington being convicted

Graham claims that impeaching Trump could set a dangerous precedent which could lead to other former presidents such as George Washington being convicted

Ten Republicans sided with the vote, charging the President with inciting an insurrection.

Some Republicans are rumored to be considering not attending the impeachment trial so they don’t have to cast a vote either way.

Graham refused to commit on whether he would partake but warned against the ‘unconstitutional attack’.

He added: ‘If you want to end the violence, end the impeachment.’ 

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GOP seethes at Eric Swalwell’s role in impeachment hearing after compromising security for spy tryst

Republicans have reacted with outrage after Nancy Pelosi appointed Congressman Eric Swalwell as one of nine impeachment managers – despite his having an alleged affair with a Chinese spy.

Swalwell further angered Donald Trump’s allies by comparing the president to Osama Bin Laden.

The Californian congressman was asked on Wednesday about the difference between Trump whipping the Capitol rioters into a frenzy, and those who actually stormed the Capitol themselves.

‘Osama Bin Laden did not enter U.S. soil on September 11, but it was widely acknowledged that he was responsible for inspiring the attack on our country,’ Swalwell told PBS.

Eric Swalwell, a California congressman, on Wednesday appeared on PBS News

Swalwell told host Judy Woodruff that both Trump and Bin Laden inspired acts of violence

Swalwell told host Judy Woodruff that both Trump and Bin Laden inspired acts of violence

‘And the president, with his words, using the word ‘fight’ – that is hate speech that inspired and radicalized people to storm the Capitol.’

When asked directly whether he was comparing Trump to Bin Laden, Swalwell replied: ‘I’m comparing the words of a individual who would incite and radicalize somebody, as Osama Bin Laden did, to what President Trump did.

‘You don’t actually have to commit the violence yourself, but if you call others to violence, that itself is a crime.’

Swalwell, 40, was named among the nine impeachment managers on Tuesday.

He and his colleagues are in charge of making the case that the president should be impeached for a second time.

On Wednesday the House voted to impeach him. The motion will now pass to the Senate, which will not consider the matter until after Trump leaves the White House on January 20.

Swalwell on December 8 was reported by Axios to have been involved in a lengthy relationship with a woman later discovered to be a Chinese spy.

Swalwell was involved with Chinese spy Fang Fang until 2015, when the FBI told him about her

Swalwell was involved with Chinese spy Fang Fang until 2015, when the FBI told him about her

The operative had sexual relations with a series of American politicians

The operative had sexual relations with a series of American politicians

Swalwell has refused to say whether he was physically intimate with Christine Fang, also known as Fang Fang, during their friendship, asserting the matter is classified.

A number of top House Republicans signed a letter demanding that Pelosi remove Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee.

Pelosi and Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy were both briefed on the matter in 2015.

Swalwell was tipped off in 2015 that she was a Chinese agent.

She fled the country as the FBI investigated her and her infiltration efforts, which also saw her become friendly with other California politicians and have sex with two mayors from the Midwest, in encounters caught by FBI surveillance.

On Wedesday night, Tucker Carlson used his Fox News show to express astonishment at Swalwell’s appointment.

‘He doesn’t sleep on national security threats, he sleeps with them,’ Carlson said. ‘It’s for the greater good. Today Eric Swalwell, his wild intelligence oats once more.’

Carlson’s guest, conservative author Mark Steyn, described him as being ‘compromised’ and ‘playing for the other team’.

‘Eric Swalwell, the Chinese Politburo’s man on the impeachment management team,’ Steyn said.

Darrell Issa, a Republican congressman for California, spoke out against Swalwell’s appointment, as did Marjorie Taylor Green, the QAnon-promoting Republican congresswoman for Georgia.

‘After China’s #COVID19 virus has killed over 381,000 Americans, @SpeakerPelosi names @ericswalwell 1 of 9 impeachment managers,’ she tweeted.

‘Rep Swalwell had a sexual relationship with a CHINESE SPY!

‘Dems might as well go public on how they are selling out to China!

‘What a betrayal!’

Elise Stefanik, congresswoman for New York, said Swalwell was ‘compromised by the Chinese Communist Party’.

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Chamber approves impeachment of Donald Trump for “incitement to insurrection” | The State

The House of Representatives approved the impeachment against the president Donald trump for “incitement to insurrection.”

In the debate, several Republicans considered that the Democrats’ proposal does not help heal the country, but the former were questioned for allowing Trump’s divisive discourse and conspiracy theories to advance.

“We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our country. He must go, he is a clear and present danger for the nation we all love, ”said the Speaker of the House, Nancy pelosi (California).

He added that President Trump has spread conspiracy theories about the electoral process, which affects the democratic process. The climactic moment of his accusations was on Wednesday, January 6, the day of the invasion of the Capitol, when the vote of the Electoral College in favor of the president-elect was certified. Joe biden.

“It was that incendiary day that we all experience. The president must be accused, ”he said, defending Resolution 24.

Republicans faced a split, as Rep. Jim jordan (Ohio), one of the president’s loyal supporters, called for the removal of Liz cheney (Wyoming) as president of the Republican Conference of the House, due to her support for the process against the president.

In the debate, Jordan accused the Democrats of persecuting President Trump, over and over again, “of canceling him.”

“It has always been about getting the president whatever happens. It is an obsession, an obsession that is now expanding … Stop and think about it. Does a First Amendment have a role when the culture of cancellation only allows one side to speak? When can you not even have a debate in this country? … The culture of cancellation will come to all of us ”.

Although I support that President Trump should have condemned the violence on Capitol Hill and has responsibility for the actions of his supporters, the minority leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy (California), said it would be counterproductive to pass a new trial against the president.

“The president is responsible for the attack on Congress on Wednesday by the rioters. He should have immediately condemned the mob when he saw what was unfolding, ”he said. “(But) I think that accusing the president in such a short time would be a mistake. Investigations have not been completed. No hearings have been held ”.

The oxygen to conspiracy theories

Prior to the debate on the accusation article, the representatives established a debate on the procedure.

“Our Republican friends … appeal to unity, but do not recognize that during four years several of them oxygenated the conspiracy theories of Donald Trump,” he launched Jim McGovern (Massachusetts).

Republican Jordan criticized Democrats for opposing Trump’s triumph in 2016, although Democrat Hillary Clinton that year accepted her defeat and called on her contender to concede the election.

Jordan accused McGovern and Jamie Raskin (Maryland) to object to the triumph of President Trump, for which he considered that they are handled with “double standards.”

“Guess who was the first to object on January 6, 2017? … The Democratic Chairman of the Rules Committee,” Jordan said. “Are they telling us that we are trying to reverse the elections? Guess who was the second to object in 2017? The individual who handles the impeachment for the Democrats “

Raskin is one of those who wrote the article for the impeachment of the Republican president, along with David Cicilline (Rhode Island); Ted lieu (California) and Jerrold nadler (NY)..

This decision by the House is the second against President Trump, who in 2019 faced a political juncture for the collusion of his electoral campaign with the Russian Government, an investigation that was carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller. The president was not convicted.

Whats Next

The speaker of the House should send the indictment to the Senate, but the Senate will not be called to session before January 19, according to the majority leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky).

The minority leader, Charles schumer (New York), called for the summons “as soon as possible”, to allow impeachment before he leaves office.

According The Hill, in a memo distributed to his colleagues last week, the Senate will not be able to address business until January 19, unless all 100 senators agree to meet.

“The consent of all 100 senators would be required to conduct any kind of business during sessions … scheduled before January 19,” the memo reads. “Therefore, the trial in the Senate would begin after President Trump’s term expires, either one hour after its expiration on January 20 or 25 hours after its expiration on January 21.”

It should be clarified that the Senate cannot convict President Trump once he leaves office, according to several constitutional experts.

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Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Majority Leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), told his colleagues that this chamber will not address any matter before January 19, unless the 100 senators agree to call a session.

Because of this, the impeachment against the president Donald trump that the House of Representatives would approve will not be able to be attended soon, although the Republican leader announced that he will agree to start the process, according to a report by The New York Times.

“The consent of all 100 senators would be required to conduct any kind of business during sessions … scheduled before January 19,” the memo reads. “Therefore, the trial in the Senate would begin after President Trump’s term expires, either one hour after its expiration on January 20 or 25 hours after its expiration on January 21.”.

This despite the minority leader, Charles schumer (New York), requested the convocation to advance with the process before the president leaves office.

According The Hill, that was established in a memorandum distributed last week.

It should be clarified that the Senate cannot convict President Trump once he leaves office, according to several constitutional experts.

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Will Trump face trial in the Senate after leaving the presidency? | The State

President Trump could not face impeachment after his term ends.

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Democrats may be able to pass a second impeachment trial against the president Donald trump, but there may not be enough time for the Senate to proceed.

The deadline for the president to face the trial is January 20 at noon, the same day as the inauguration of the president-elect Joe biden.

The reason is that the Constitution establishes that a president must be charged and face impeachment during his term, indicates an explanation of The Washington Post.

So, the decision of the House of Representatives would be basically symbolic against the Republican president.

It should be remembered that the majority leader of the House, James clyburn (South Carolina), said that the sending to the Senate of the article that accuses of “inciting insurrection” it would occur after President-elect Biden’s first 100 days in office.

Once a president ends his term, the Constitution indicates that Congress loses the authority to judge him and eventually convict him.

The goal of the Democrats is to block President Trump from running again in 2024 for the Presidency of the United States, but even if he is indicted, they could not achieve it, he explained to CNN Ross Garber, a political investigation and impeachment attorney from Tulane Law School.

The only way the Senate could do this would be to impeach – which requires two-thirds of the votes – the president and then vote to suspend him to compete, but time is against it.

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Democrats in Congress prepare to begin impeachment process of Donald Trump

The current president is again trying to remove from power

A group of congressmen from the Democratic Party is preparing to begin the process of impeachment of the country’s incumbent President Donald Trump for the second time, The Guardian reports. Democrats said he deliberately made several “stolen elections” statements in order to gather a rally outside the Capitol. The protests resulted in the deaths of five people: four participants and one police officer, who was seriously injured and died in hospital.

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced that 218 congressmen supported the impeachment resolution. This is enough for the document to be approved for voting in the House of Representatives of the US Congress, writes Politico. In addition, there is the possibility of removing the president from power under the 25th amendment to the Constitution, if Vice President Mike Pence declares his incapacity. In 2019, Democrats already tried to impeach Trump, but the project was blocked by a Republican majority in the Senate.

Following the protests, the current US president announced on Twitter that he did not intend to attend the inauguration of Democratic candidate Joe Biden. US intelligence agencies are preparing for a possible repeat of the protests. The leadership of Facebook and Twitter have decided to permanently block Donald Trump’s accounts.

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Nancy Pelosi Begins Impeachment Proceedings Against Donald Trump For 2nd Time

House Democrats have announced that they are moving forward with plans to impeach Donald Trump for the second time, after a violent insurrection in his name at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on January 11 that Democrats are looking to impeach President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” This is the first time in United States history that a sitting president would be impeached twice. The introduction of the impeachment papers comes five days after pro-Trump insurgents stormed the Capitol with a joint session of Congress inside to protest Joe Biden‘s certification as president-elect.

The single article of impeachment reads: “President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.” The resolution also cites the 14th Amendment, which “prohibits any person who has ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion against’ the United States” from ever holding office again.

Two hundred members of Congress said in the wake of the riot that they supported removing Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. Pelosi stated that if Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t invoke the 25th Amendment within 24 hours, Democrats will take the impeachment vote to the House floor. “The president of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America,” she said in a previous speech. “Any day can be a horror show for America” with Trump still in office, she added.

Rioters overtook the Capitol on January 6 after Trump gave a speech to an agitated crowd of hundreds, telling them, “We will never concede. You don’t concede when there’s theft. This year, they rigged an election. They rigged it like they’ve never rigged an election before.” The crowd marched to Capitol Hill, chanting “bullsh*t!” and waving Trump banners and Confederate flags. Inside, after busting through barriers and lines of Capitol police, they smashed windows, breached both chambers, and made off with computers from lawmakers’ offices. Four people died, including a police officer.

Nancy Pelosi announced she’s drawing up articles of impeachment for Donald Trump (AP Images)

In a letter to House members on January 8, Pelosi called Trump’s actions and unwillingness to condemn the rioters a “horrific assault on our democracy.” Pelosi also said that she spoke with General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to “discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”