Dismissal investigations against Andrew Jackson, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump had lasted for months due to investigations and congressional sessions before the final vote. However, this time it is possible that the second dismissal investigation decision against Trump can be taken in just a week. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi gave the message, “We must act,” in a statement after the Congressional raid. In addition to Democratic Party members, five Republican Party Members of the House of Representatives announced that they would support this message.
The Republican-controlled Senate is not expected to start impeachment hearings for now, and a Senate vote on whether Trump was found guilty before Joe Biden, the winner of the November 3 elections, took his oath on January 20. However, Democratic Party members still think that this step taken in the House of Representatives will send an important message to the country.
So, how will the process work as the House of Representatives initiates the impeachment process against Trump, who has only a week in office?
Basics of the impeachment process
The dismissal process normally starts with the execution of the impeachment investigation and continues with the sending of the evidence obtained as a result of the investigation to the Justice Commission of the House of Representatives. The commission, holding sessions and drafting the impeachment charges, conveys them to all members of the House of Representatives. The three-month impeachment process that the House of Representatives initiated about Trump in 2019, citing its relations with the President of Ukraine, worked in this way.
This time, the House of Representatives only has a few days to act. Democratic Party members feel that there is no need to investigate what happened because the majority of Congress members listened to Trump’s speech to his supporters and were in Congress when the aggressive crowd crossed the safety cordon around the Congress building and entered the building. Therefore, the bill to sue Trump for his dismissal will be put to a vote directly in the House of Representatives Wednesday.
The reasons for dismissal and evidence will be sent to the Senate after the House of Representatives votes on the bill to dismiss Trump. An impeachment hearing will be held in the Senate and a final vote will be held for the President to be found guilty or acquitted. This is how the process worked in the Senate during Trump’s first impeachment in early February 2020.
for dismissal Democratic Party members are considering only one reason for dismissal about Trump in today’s session. This justification was determined as “provoking the rebellion”.
“President Trump seriously endangered the security of the United States and government agencies,” said David Cicilline of the Democratic Party of Rhode Island, California representative Ted Lieu and Maryland representative Jamie Raskin, in a four-page text justifying his dismissal. will continue to be a threat to democracy and the Constitution “.
The reason for dismissal also stated that these behaviors coincided with Trump’s previous efforts to “change and prevent” the election result. In the text also Trump’s to Georgia State Secretary General, Biden Georgia ‘
Trump’s unfounded claims that the elections were stolen and sweeping fraud were accepted by some Republican Party members in Congress and his supporters who raided Congress. Addressing his supporters gathered near the White House just before the Congressional raid, Trump gave the message “fight to the end”.
During the attack of Trump supporters, the two wings of Congress were holding a session to approve the results of the November 3 elections. At the time of the raid, the objections of a group of Republican Party members to Joe Biden’s Electoral College vote in Arizona were being discussed.
Republican Party support for the impeachment process
On Tuesday, five House of Representatives members from the Republican Party announced that they would stand with the Democrats in the impeachment vote. No Republican supported the decision during Trump’s impeachment process in 2019.
The Republican Party’s number three in the House of Representatives, Wyoming state representative Liz Cheney, daughter of former President George W. Bush’s deputy Dick Cheney, has also declared her support for the impeachment process. ” said.
Cheney said Trump fired an attack on Congress last week.
John Katko, a member of the House of Representatives from New York state, was the first Republican Party member to announce his support for the impeachment process. Katko, a former federal prosecutor, said he did not make this decision easy.
“Allowing the American President to provoke this attack without enduring any consequences is a direct threat to the future of our democracy. I could not remain idle,” Katko said in his statement.
The other three Republican House of Representatives who announced that they would support the impeachment process are Adam Kinzinger from Illinois, Fred Upton from Michigan, and Jaime Herrera Beutler from Washington state.
Submission of the reason for dismissal to the Senate
Nancy Pelosi will decide when the reasons for dismissal will be forwarded to the Senate after her acceptance in the House of Representatives. According to the current calendar, it is predicted that the Senate will not meet until January 19, that is, the day before Biden’s inauguration ceremony will take place.
Some Democratic Party members are of the opinion that Pelosi will wait to send the reasons for his dismissal to the Senate in order to prevent Biden from starting his post in the shadow of the issue of dismissal. However, many Democrats are calling on Pelosi to send the reasons to the Senate as soon as possible.
Democratic Party’s Chuck Schumer, who will take up the post of Senate Majority Leader after Biden takes the chair, said in a letter sent to his colleagues on Tuesday, the Senate held the approval sessions of the names nominated by Biden and signaled that he could see the impeachment case while conducting the approval of the Corona aid package. gave.
Even if the impeachment hearing in the Senate is held after leaving office, if he is found guilty, Trump will be banned from participating in the presidential race again.
“It is critical to focus very seriously on the accountability of those who participated in the riot, threatened people’s lives, caused damage to public property, and caused great damage,” Biden said in a statement regarding the participants in the raid.
What will the senators do?
As it stands now, it is unlikely that enough Republican senators will vote for a Senate ruling that Trump is guilty. But several Republican senators, including Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowsky, called Trump to resign.
Republican Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said he would look at what the House of Representatives resolution included, but did not give any indication as to whether he would support the resolution.
Some Republican Party members warned that the impeachment process would further increase the division. One of Trump’s key supporters, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, criticized Trump’s incitement to the Congressional raid, but said that his dismissal would “do more harm than good”.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney was the only Republican senator to side with the Democratic Party during Trump’s initial impeachment.
What does the decision of dismissal mean?
Democratic Party members think that even if there is no Senate ruling that Trump is guilty, the impeachment process should be furthered.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wrote in a Twitter post on Friday that some might question why there is an attempt to dismiss a president who only has a few days in office and said, “Answer: Setting a precedent. It is clear that no president, now or in the future, will be able to start a revolt against the US government. it must be put forward, “he said.
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