Amid the endless wave of debates and conflicts meant to waver the leadership of the upcoming presidential elections, the Senate has finally opened up the third presidential impeachment trial. Few days ago, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr was sworn in as the presiding officer for the purpose, while the Senators swore to do the “impartial justice” in the trials against the current president.
Despite having faced alleged blames and endless criticisms, Trump is the presidential face of the Republican Party that has over the time supported his ruling ideologies. As of now, the president is facing two articles of impeachment – for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, both of which were passed in the Democratic-majority House in December. The results saw a 229-198 voting by the House of Representatives to impeach President Trump, after which he was expected to face a trial in the Senate.
Since, Senate is largely a Republican majority, the critics believed that Trump’s removal from the office would not be an easy task. Bringing the Republican face to the impeachment trial ahead of the presidential elections was one of the major Democratic motives, which is deemed to put an inerasable stain on Trump’s record.
The recollection of the events stated that it all started with a whistleblower’s revelations in Ukrainian case, wherein Trump was held accountable for investigating his political rival and Democratic hopeful Joe Biden. As the impeachment trial preceded, the Senators indulged in a deep divisive debate. Chief Justice Roberts, while vowing to act “according to the Constitution and the laws”, administered the 222-year-old oath of impartiality to the senators, setting in motion the final stage of a process.
The house impeachment managers, meant to serve as prosecutors in the Senate trial on Sunday called on the chamber to approve witnesses and deride the Saturday night filing from the President’s legal team that called the two articles of impeachment “constitutionally invalid on their face”.
Trump’s argument that he can’t be impeached for abuse of power was pushed back by the House Intelligence chairman and lead impeachment manager, Rep. Adam Schiff, who called it an “absurdist position”.
Meanwhile, the entire impeachment hearing was denounced as a “witch hunt”, an “attempted coup” by the president, who tried to maintain his innocence throughout the inquiry, while his supporters believed in him and cheered for him. The revelations on the Ukrainian case, including records and data handed over by Lev Parnas, an associate of the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani became the core of the impeachment trial against Trump.
The disclosed data also revealed that the president’s decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine, which the House charges were a part of his pressure campaign, was a violation of the law. A similar criminal investigation into possible violations of Ukrainian law and of the Vienna Convention has now been opened in Ukraine. At the same time, Democrats are using the revelations as a means to convict the Republican president, arguing that he abused his power and obstructed Congress.
Though many Democratic hopefuls, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bennet remained quiet for the start of a trial, the issue would be much debated upon on Tuesday when the trial resumes. Some have been calling upon the need for the witness while many others believe that the document from the witness would be much help in a greater way.
The division in the president’s allies is one big point in question that would further give heed to the ongoing impeachment trial, deciding the fate of the Republicans in upcoming elections. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the arguments and the final tweaks of the trial on Wednesday.