If the House of Representatives follows through with its plans on Tuesday, Trump will become the first US president with two impeachments.
Several Republicans at the time accepted that the first impeachment trial against the still current president was well founded
At the same time, these same officials dismissed the case; some claiming that the president had already “learned his lesson”
More than a year ago, as the New York Times recalls, the House of Representatives of the United States (USA) approved two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. This, after asking the leaders of Ukraine to intervene in the 2020 elections. The process died in the Senate, controlled by the Republican majority, which decided to protect the president. But after the invasion of the Capitol last week, his impeachment may be tried again.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is preparing her caucus to launch a new impeachment trial. In a letter to fellow legislators, he said he would wait to see if Vice President Mike Pence on Monday will present, along with the Cabinet, the 25th Amendment against Trump. If the second in command in the White House does not remove his running mate from power, he will begin the process on Tuesday.
Contrary to past impeachment, however, the possibility of Trump being prosecuted is, on the surface, much higher. According to ., there are already several Republican senators who have openly requested the resignation of the president, after the invasion of the Capitol. Some have even said they would consider backing the impeachment trial. On the other hand, others point out that less than 10 days to the end of your period are too few to achieve it.
A possibility for which even Trump would be preparing
Even the president of the United States himself would be ready to defend himself against a second round of impeachment, if the Democrats in the Lower House follow through with their plan. Also in data from ., two people close to President Trump point out that he is already considering turning to Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, to defend himself from this process. Other legal experts, White House employees, would leave his team on January 20.
However, Donald Trump would have time to prepare his legal defense. According to NBC News, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are aware that this process could hinder the start of the presidency of Joe Biden. So Congress may wait until after the next president’s first 100 days before attempting to remove the former tycoon. Thus, the tycoon would have time to mount his legal defense.
But it is not only the US Congress that is behind Trump. According to CNBC, there are officials in the Justice Department who are open to launching a lawsuit of their own against the president, for the riots in the Capitol. True, it was not directly mentioned that a case is being built against the former mogul. But it was emphasized that criminal charges will be prosecuted against those who had part in the invasion of Congress.
The presidential pardon: Will the president use a “Get Out of Jail Free” card?
There’s something else that could give Trump some immunity from this impeachment trial, even after leaving the White House. According to the Mint, the president is expected to present a list of “preemptive” presidential pardons for various allies, friends, family and celebrities. Among those he wants to defend against “political revenge” are Ivanka Trump, Rudy Giuliani and his campaign team. You could even grant yourself this protection.
But it could be a risky gamble. According to Bloomberg, several legal experts and the US Constitution assure that the presidential pardon cannot be self-granted. And even if it were technically possible, it would likely cause his political rivals to take the case to the Supreme Court to reverse it. Trump has previously said that the highest judicial body, which he himself helped to consolidate with a right-wing majority, would take his side. But in their electoral fraud lawsuits, they flatly dismissed his rhetoric.