The House has sent its sole article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate, paving the way for the upper chamber to hold a trial to determine whether or not to convict the former president on the charge of “incitement of insurrection.”
The nine impeachment managers walked the resolution from the House to the Senate chamber and read the resolution to senators on Monday evening.
Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Diana DeGette (Colo.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), and Del. Stacey Plaskett (Virgin Islands) will serve as the impeachment managers during the trial.
The nine lawmakers will argue the Democrats’ case that Trump incited the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
The House voted to impeach Trump on January 13 on the charge of incitement of resolution as lawmakers accused him of inciting the mob by alleging there was widespread fraud that cost him his reelection bid and encouraging protesters to march over to the Capitol shortly before demonstrators stormed the building.
The article of impeachment read, “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,” it added.
This is the second time in just over a year that Democrats delivered an article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate. He was acquitted in February 2020 of charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
Senators will be sworn in as jurors for the trial on Tuesday, and the trial is scheduled to begin on February 9.
To convict Trump, all 50 Democrats and at least 17 Republicans would need to convict him.
While Trump is out of office, senators could bar Trump from running from office again if they vote to convict him. To bar Trump from running from office, they would only need 51-votes after voting to convict him.
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