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Politics Trump trial 'first' priority in January, says Senate leader

20:17  11 december  2019
20:17  11 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The trial of Donald Trump will be the Senate 's first priority in January if the US president is impeached as expected next week, the top Republican in Congress said Wednesday.

The third Senate impeachment trial of a US president in history convened on Thursday with the reading of the impeachment articles against President Donald Trump and the swearing in of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and the senators who will decide whether Trump should be removed

The trial of Donald Trump will be the Senate's first priority in January if the U.S. president is impeached as expected next week, the top Republican in Congress said Wednesday.

John Barrasso, Mitch McConnell, John Thune, Joni Ernst are posing for a picture: US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that should the House of Representatives impeach President Donald Trump as expected, the Senate will make his trial a top priority for January 2020 © SAUL LOEB US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that should the House of Representatives impeach President Donald Trump as expected, the Senate will make his trial a top priority for January 2020

The House Judiciary Committee was set to meet beginning Wednesday evening to debate two articles of impeachment that accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to his dealings with Ukraine.

The panel will likely vote to approve the charges on Thursday.

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Such a trial could, in theory, lead to President Donald Trump being removed from office. That outcome would be a huge shock - we'll explain why later - but the After someone is impeached, they then go on trial in the Senate , the upper house of Congress, and its members decide whether they guilty or not.

Day 7 of President Trump 's Senate impeachment trial begins with defense's arguments. NBC News has the latest impeachment coverage of the Trump Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House voted to send impeachment articles against President Donald Trump to the Senate , where Majority Leader

That would send the articles to a full vote by the Democratic-led House of Representatives as early as next week on whether to impeach a U.S. president for only the third time in U.S. history.

The case would then shift to the Senate in the new year for a trial to decide whether Trump is removed from office.

"A Senate trial will have to be our first item of business in January," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told colleagues on the floor.

Conviction appears unlikely given that Republicans hold a majority in the chamber and the threshold for conviction is high, at two-thirds of members.

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McConnell savaged Democrats who he says have been desperate to impeach Trump from the day he took the oath of office, and who have rushed the process "based on the least thorough and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history."

"If the House continues down this destructive road and sends us articles of impeachment, the Senate will take them up in the new year and proceed to a fair trial."

In multiple public House hearings, Democrats have argued that Trump abused the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference in 2020's U.S. elections, and that he would remain a "clear and present danger" to national security if not removed from office.

Trump has reportedly told advisers he wants to make a dramatic show of the trial, and that calling witnesses to appear in person in the Senate could help him damage Democrats ahead of the November election.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that no decision on whether to hear from witnesses live, rather than in taped depositions, would be made until after the trial's opening arguments.

Analysis: Yes, Donald Trump has been impeached .
But a Democratic impeachment witness saying otherwise gives President Trump what he craves: Plausible deniability.House Democrats are flirting with not sending the articles of impeachment over to the Senate, which they say isn’t preparing to hold a fair trial. Given this, some have set about arguing that this means Trump hasn’t been impeached. Trump’s lawyers are apparently looking at making that argument. Trump’s defenders really want to believe it. And they got a much-needed rhetorical boost Thursday when Harvard University professor Noah Feldman — one of the Democratic witnesses in the House impeachment proceedings — endorsed the idea.

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