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What Happens Next If Donald Trump Is Impeached

Trump has expressed curiosity in doubtlessly working for president once more in 2024 (File)


With the US House of Representatives poised to question President Donald Trump for a second time — simply days earlier than he’s to go away workplace — questions are being raised about what occurs subsequent.

Here are a few of the attainable eventualities if the House, as anticipated, impeaches Trump on Wednesday for inciting final week’s assault by his supporters on the US Capitol as Congress licensed Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory:

Senate trial

The typical course of is for the Senate to carry a trial for a president who has been impeached by the House.

That’s what occurred final yr after Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House for pressuring the chief of Ukraine to dig up political filth on Biden.

Trump was acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.

This time, nevertheless, Trump has solely per week left within the White House and Biden is to be sworn in because the 46th president of the United States on January 20.

That time crunch has sparked debate and hypothesis about whether or not the Senate can maintain a trial earlier than Trump leaves workplace.

Call Senate again early?

The Senate is in recess and isn’t scheduled to return till January 19.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated a trial couldn’t start till January 20 — the day Trump is scheduled to go away workplace.

According to McConnell’s workplace, bringing the Senate again early would require the unanimous consent of all 100 senators — an unlikely situation.

Democrats disagree.

According to the workplace of Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a 2004 decision permits the Senate to be introduced again for emergency session with the consent of each the Majority and Minority leaders.

“There is nothing to prevent the Senate from taking it up immediately if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decides that he wants to proceed,” Democratic Representative James McGovern of Massachusetts, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, stated Wednesday.

Pelosi and McConnell


If Trump is impeached by the House, it’s as much as Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House, to resolve when to ship the article of impeachment to the Senate.

She might ship it over instantly as soon as it’s handed on Wednesday or she might wait, as some Democrats have urged, till after Trump leaves workplace and Biden is comfortably in place.

Once it reaches the Senate, McConnell’s intentions are unclear.

The highly effective Republican senator from Kentucky thwarted the final bid to convict Trump within the Senate, managing to rally all Republican senators aside from Mitt Romney of Utah to vote for acquittal.

But The New York Times reported on Wednesday that McConnell believes Trump did commit impeachable offenses and sees a chance to rid the Republican Party of the true property tycoon as soon as and for all.

A two-thirds majority of the senators current is required to convict the president, that means that if all of them are within the chamber not less than 17 Republicans must be a part of Democrats in voting for conviction.

Post-presidency trial?

If the Senate is unable to carry a trial earlier than Trump leaves the White House on January 20 the query arises as as to if he may be tried after leaving workplace.

This has by no means occurred earlier than and a few constitutional students argue that an ex-president can’t be tried by the Senate.

All three earlier presidential impeachments — these of Trump and presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton — occurred whereas the leaders had been nonetheless within the White House.

Like Trump, each Johnson — in 1868 — and Clinton — in 1998-99 — had been impeached by the House however acquitted by the Senate.

But the House has impeached and the Senate has tried former senators and judges after they had been now not in workplace or on the bench.

One of the arguments being made for placing Trump on trial even after he leaves workplace is {that a} conviction might forestall him from ever holding federal workplace once more.

Trump has expressed curiosity in doubtlessly working for president once more in 2024 and a easy majority vote of the Senate might bar him from one other White House run.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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