On the eve of the Senate trial, we thought it was a good time to get those of you not watching the news 24/7 up to date! (Please read attached links for more in depth information)
Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives in December for abuse of power and obstruction of the House. On Wednesday January 15th, the House formally voted (228-193) to send the articles to the Senate. Seven impeachment managers from the House crossed the Capitol rotunda to hand deliver the articles to the Senate.
The House impeachment managers
The Senate impeachment trial began on January 16th, with the reading of the impeachment articles on the Senate floor. Afterwards, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts administered an oath to the Senators who swore to impartially uphold the Constitution. Watch it here.
The Senate will vote on the ground rules for the trial (the organizing resolution) on Tuesday, January 21st. This will determine how each side will present their cases and whether or not to allow witnesses and additional evidence. A new poll has found that the majority of registered voters (57%) think the Senate should call additional witnesses to testify in Trump’s trial. Moderate Republican senators from battleground states could play a role by voting to allow witnesses, since a majority (51 Senate votes) is all that is needed for this to pass. Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has claimed that he has the votes to expedite the trial without witness testimony or evidence. We will have to wait and see if McConnell bows to public pressure of plows ahead with a sham trial.
When the trial begins, Senators must submit their questions in writing. These questions will be read by the House impeachment managers and the President’s counsel/attorneys. Justice Roberts will preside.
The final vote that decides whether to convict or acquit Trump will occur at the end of the trial. It will take 67 votes to remove Trump. The likelihood of that happening is slim. On the other hand, acquittal only requires 51 votes– a much more plausible scenario.
McConnell is attempting to impose severe restrictions on news media during the Senate impeachment trial. This may limit reporters’ ability to adequately cover the proceedings.
New evidence of Trump’s impeachable conduct has surfaced over the past week. Rachel Maddow’s interview of Trump associate, Lev Parnas, was particularly alarming.
The House Impeachment manager’s trial brief is now available online if you want to get the full story behind the articles
What can we do?
Reach out to your federal elected officials and demand a #FairTrial- even if you have reps that already support this, contact them. They are hearing plenty of opposition from those who don’t support this.
Call friends in other states to have them contact their Senators.
Pick 5 vulnerable Senators and call them and express your opinions on demanding a #FairTrial. Calling their offices after hours insures that you won’t get cut off by a staffer whose only concern is where you reside. Tie up their lines, add to the count. They ALL work for us. Here is a link to a handy alphabetical list!
Before you place your own daily call, check the Twitter feed of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter), so you can tailor your comment about the impeachment inquiry to the day’s events.
Show the House Impeachment Managers some love! They are all in graphic above and their contact info can be found here. Follow them on Twitter and amplify their work.