President Trump faces Senate trial after historic second charge

President Trump faces Senate trial after historic second charge
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., displays the signed article of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: President Donald Trump faces Senate trial after becoming the first US president to be charged with misconduct in office twice.

Mr Trump is accused of inciting a mob that violently stormed US Capitol last week after he repeated false claims of voter fraud. Five people, including a police officer, died.

The trial will be held after Mr Trump leaves office next Wednesday.

If the president is convicted, senators could also vote to bar him from ever holding public office again.

The Senate trial follows Wednesday’s vote in the House of Representatives that formally charged – or impeached – president Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the riot.

The Republican president has rejected responsibility for the violence in the Capitol. In a video released after the vote, Mr Trump called on his supporters to remain peaceful, without mentioning his impeachment.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned of possible armed protests planned for Washington DC and all 50 US state capitals in the days before Democrat Joe Biden, is inaugurated as the new US president.

The Senate will hold a trial to determine the president’s guilt but this will not happen during Mr Trump’s remaining days in office.

Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate leader, said there was “simply no chance that a fair or serious trial” could conclude given “the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents” that govern trials involving presidents.

A two-thirds majority will be needed to convict the president, meaning at least 17 Republicans would have to vote with Democrats in the evenly split, 100-seat chamber.

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