WASHINGTON, D.C. — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.
At the core of the former president’s defense, his attorneys will be asking the U.S. Senate to dismiss the charge, implying the U.S. Constitution does not allow for a former president to be tried.
Blair Miller, who is our Senior National Correspondent, has obtained court documents which suggest the Democratic Party has engaged in a “brazen political act.”
”I think it is important for the American people to hear all of the evidence,” said Sen. Bob Casey, (D-Pa.)
On Monday, leaders from both parties met to decide how much evidence will be presented.
According to our Blaire Miller, Tuesday’s schedule will include four hours of debate and a vote on whether the trial is constitutional.
A simple majority would decide the outcome of the vote.
Then, on Wednesday, each side will be given 16 hours for presentations.
Impeachment managers can decide whether to call for debate and vote on witnesses, which could be a very important point in the trial.
”For there to be a realistic chance of conviction, I think there’s got to be new evidence, and there have to be witnesses. You’re going to have to convince a substantial amount of Republican senators,” said Ross Garbor, who is with Tulane Law School.
17 Republican senators would need to side with the Democrats to convict former President Trump. At this point, that is not likely to happen, despite the Democrats saying that Trump must be held accountable.