The case the House Democrats set up against former President Donald Trump in his second indictment, which begins Tuesday afternoon, resembles a “violent criminal prosecution.” “said a senior member of the prosecution ‘s chief executive.
House leaders also plan to use evidence against Trump that has never been seen before, the assistants told reporters before the trial began, although no details were provided.
In their presentation, managers try to show that Trump spent weeks grounding the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and that after seeing what was happening, he “further incited,” an assistant said.
Trump’s second indictment trial begins at 1 p.m. ET, with senators debating procedural and constitutional issues before starting a debate the next day.
First, the Senate will meet to organize a decision on the structure of the trial. There will be a debate of up to four hours on the constitutionality of proceedings brought by the Speakers and Trump’s lawyers against a former President.
While 45 Republican senators voted last month for a measure that said the procedure was unconstitutional, some of them said they simply want to have a debate on the issue, so their vote doesn’t necessarily indicate how they think about the issue. After the constitutional arguments, the Senate will vote to continue – this measure only needs a simple majority and is expected to be acceptable. With this, Wednesday’s section prepares the Senate to begin examining a complaint of “inciting an uprising”.
Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. at a press conference on Tuesday morning, he called on his Republican colleagues to “pay close attention to the evidence,” and rejected some of their calls to leave the trial.
“If you have such a serious accusation, sweeping it under the rug will not bring unity; it will keep wounds and wounds open, Schumer said. “The Senate has a serious responsibility to try to hold Donald Trump accountable for the most serious allegations ever made against the president.”
Trump is the first president to be fired twice by the House, and he will be the first former president to be brought to justice in the Senate. He was most recently involved in the House on Jan. 13 for his role in the media’s violent rioting of the Trump party a week earlier.
Opening arguments are expected to begin at noon on Wednesday, with house leaders going first, followed by the president’s lawyers.
Each party will have 16 hours to give presentations – shorter than the 24 hours set aside for Trump’s first trial and the trial of then-President Bill Clinton.
According to two sources familiar with the legal strategy, Trump’s defense team will most likely not use his full 16 hours. This may change, but it reflects the current thinking and outside optimism of Trump’s attorneys entering the trial. Sources believe that home accountability leaders use their full time.
The trial is expected to last until the weekend and next week, and each trial day is expected to take roughly eight hours – meaning most days will last at least 20 hours, but later if there are breaks.
After making the opening arguments, senators can question the two parties for four hours by submitting written questions to Patrick Leahy, a Democratic senator from Vermont, presiding over the pace of the senate, who will preside over the hearing and who will read them out. .
Leaders were then able to have a debate and vote to call witnesses or summon documents. If this does not happen, the two parties would move on to the final arguments, which would take a total of four hours and then vote on the conviction.
Frank Thorp V. and Monica Alba consented.