The second impeachment trial against Donald J. Trump – this time for inciting a riot – begins Tuesday with a four-hour argument over whether it is constitutional to hold an impeachment trial against someone who is no longer in office. If this sounds familiar to you, it’s because the Senate has already voted on this issue once and five Republicans have joined the Democrats to say yes.
The quality of the Trump team’s reasoning was previewed when one of the attorneys they quoted in a pre-trial document said it misrepresented its work.
Assuming Republicans rejoin Democrats to move the process forward, the coming days will see up to 16 hours of arguing over two days from both the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team, followed by up to four hours of questions by senators, possibly followed by debate over whether to allow witnesses and subpoenas.
At no point should we lose sight of the fact that this process is an insurrection designed to prevent Congress from confirming the presidential election in which five people lost their lives.
The riot caucus voted against the rules for the trial: 11 Republicans voted for Cruz (TX), Hawley (MO), Hagerty (TN), Johnson (WI), Lee (UT), Marshall (KS), Paul (KY), Rubio (FL), Scott (FL), Scott ( SC) and Tuberville (AL)
The property managers show video evidence piecing together what happened in the Chambers of the House and Senate to the approaching mob. The message to the Republican Senators: This came for you as you were trying to get your job done.