On Tuesday, US Senate voted to move forward with former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, with a majority of senators determining they have jurisdiction to place former presidents on trial in cases of impeachment.
But the vote also served as an indication of Trump’s eventual acquittal, since 17 GOP senators would need to vote with Democrats in order to convict him.
Trump faces one article of impeachment for incitement of insurrection for his conduct leading up to the attack on the Capitol on 6th January 2021.It is noteworthy that the US House impeached Trump on 13th January, when he was still in office.
The first day of proceedings was dedicated to the question of whether the Senate has jurisdiction to try the former president.
The House managers argued that declining to hold the impeachment trial would establish a January exception, in which outgoing presidents could evade accountability for the actions in the final weeks of their terms.
Trump urged his followers to fight like hell.