US President Donald Trump calls for immediate exoneration in Senate after the impeachment
A day after the historic impeachment of the US President, Donald Trump that happened on Wednesday 18th December 2019, by the United States House of Representatives, he’s now seeking rapid exoneration of his Senate trial.
The Senate trial is expected to roll off in the second week of January. The Senate leaders are already drawing battle lines, over the evidence that will be permitted.
But its fate was left in limbo late Thursday when the Senate’s powerful majority leader, Mitch McConnell signalled the standoff with Democrats over trial particulars would continue into the new year.
While on the floor of Parliament, McConnell announced that Senate had completed its business until January. “We remain at an impasse on this logistics.”
Via his Twitter handle, Trump called the entire impeachment process the greatest Witch Hunt in American History and asked for an immediate trial.
“I want an immediate trial. I got impeached last night without one Republican vote being cast with the Do Nothing Dems on their continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History. Now the Do-Nothing Party want to Do Nothing with Articles and not deliver them to the Senate, but it’s Senate’s call!” Trump posted on his twitter handle.Tweet
“You know what? It’s a phoney deal and they cheapen the word “impeachment,” said TrumpTweet
“That should never again happen to another president.”Tweet
The Senate Republicans have a 53-47 majority that makes the math for clearing Trump straightforward – conviction and removal would require a two-thirds guilty vote on either charge.
And for the case to be taken up there, the House must formerly transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker says before naming the House Managers to prosecute Trump’s case before Senators, she wants to first digest the parameters of the trial.
McConnell, who has substantial power in planning the Senate trial this time around, urged fellow jurors to exonerate Trump.
“The Senate must put this right. There is only one outcome that is suited to the paucity of evidence, the failed inquiry, the slapdash case,” McConnell said.Tweet
But top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer blasted McConnell for prejudging the case and rejecting the call for witnesses.
“Is the president’s case so weak that none of the president’s men can defend him under oath? Schumer asked.Tweet
The impeachment process
Trump was voted out largely along party lines for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress concerning his dealings with Ukraine.
The House spent Wednesday debating the two impeachment articles on the House floor.
In the first article, Trump was accused of abusing office by leveraging the federal government and taxpayer’s money for his personal and political gains.
And in the second article, Trump was accused of obstructing the Congressional inquiry into his actions on Ukraine.
Republicans uniformly accused Democrats of finding an excuse to impeach Trump, but Democrats insisted that Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine call for impeachment.
Trump was then impeached after the two articles were passed. The articles on the abuse of power passed 230 to 197, and 229 to 198 on obstruction.