Trump Has Not Secured Lawyers for Senate Impeachment Trial

Daniel Fowler
January 22, 2021

McConnell told Republican senators that he would propose to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that the former president have until early-February to prepare his case.

Former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate could possibly be delayed as he has not secured lawyers to represent him, reports CNN.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she will consult fellow Democrats about the Senate's readiness to begin former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on charges of inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol. While there is no office for Trump to be removed from, Trump could potentially be barred from holding future federal office depending on the results of the conviction trial.

"At this time of strong political passions, Senate Republicans believe it is absolutely imperative that we do not allow a half-baked process to short-circuit the due process that former President Trump deserves or damage the Senate or the presidency", the statement said on Thursday.

Graham said that if he were Trump's lawyer, he would focus on that argument and also the merits of the case, whether it was "incitement" under the law.

"I don't think it will be long", she said.

Democrats are hoping to conduct the proceedings while also passing legislation that is a priority for Biden, including coronavirus relief, but they would need some co-operation from Senate Republicans to do that, as well.

The article accuses Trump of inciting insurrection for stoking a crowd of his supporters on January 6 who then stormed the Capitol in a riot that left five people dead.

Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the US Capitol in Washington
Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the US Capitol in Washington

"This year the whole world bore witness to the president's incitement", Pelosi said. "That's not how you unify".

"That's our responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. I don't think it will be long, but we must do it", the top Democrat in Congress told reporters.

A source familiar with the planning told Reuters the House could transmit the article of impeachment it approved last week as early as Friday and No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said he expected it "in a day or two".

"I'll be talking with the (impeachment) managers as to when the Senate will be ready for the trial of the then-president of the United States for his role in instigating an insurrection on the undermine the will of the people", Pelosi said. "But we must do it".

Under Senate rules, the trial would start a day after the House delivered the charge.

In an effort to constitutionally bar the current president from ever taking office again, Democrats are pursuing the trial.

The House speaker dismissed the criticism from some Republicans that proceeding with the trial of Trump, who is no longer in office, would undermine the message of unity that Biden emphasized at his inauguration. This time around, Pelosi noted, the House is not seeking to convict the president over private conversations but for a very public insurrection that they themselves experienced and that played out on live television.

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