Daily US Times: This week, Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial is opening with a sense of urgency — by Democrats who want to hold him accountable for the violent US Capitol siege and Republicans who want it over as fast as possible.
Scheduled to begin Tuesday, just over a month since the deadly riot took place, the proceedings are expected to diverge from the complicated and lengthy impeachment trial that resulted in Mr Trump’s acquittal a year ago on charges that he privately pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on a Democratic rival, Joe Biden, now the president of the United States. This time, Trump’s January 6 rally cry to “fight like hell” and the storming of the Capitol building played out for the world to see. While the former president very well could be acquitted again, the trial could be over in half the time.
Details of the Senate impeachment proceedings are still being negotiated by the Senate leaders, with the duration of opening arguments, senators’ questions and deliberations all up for debate.
So far, it appears there will be few witnesses called, as the defense attorneys and prosecutors speak directly to senators who have been sworn to deliver “impartial justice” as jurors.
Most are also witnesses to the siege, having fled for safety that day as the rioters broke into the Capitol and temporarily halted the electoral count certifying Joe Biden’s victory.
Defense attorneys for Donald Trump declined a request for him to testify. Holed up at his Mar-a-Lago club, he has been silenced on social media by Twitter without public comments since leaving the White House.