Senators are preparing for President Trump impeachment trial, where they will determine whether President should be removed from office Now.
The House of Representatives has taken the critical step about Impeachment against Trump.
To get ready, Republicans and Democrats are reading and studying up. Mitt Romney of Utah, Republican Sen. is an occasional critic of President Donald Trump.
He has been cautious not to tip his hand ahead of a Senate impeachment trial, reading over the Federalist Papers to get a sense of how the founding fathers viewed impeachment.
A Connecticut Democrat, Sen. Richard Blumenthal is going through multiple books on impeachment. The best one he has read till now is ‘The Breach’. It’s an account by journalist Peter Baker of ex-President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the House and Senate trial.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas just completed reading “The Impeachers,” a newly-released book on the impeachment and trial of former President Andrew Johnson. Andrew Johnson was the first president impeached in United States history.
“We’re all trying to get up to speed because this doesn’t happen very often,” Cornyn said, adding that the book “brought home how serious and really unique impeachment is.”
“In a country where the people are supposed to be in charge, the idea of having 535 members of Congress essentially reverse a decision made at the ballot box is a pretty serious responsibility,” Cornyn continued.
While senators prepare for a memorable event in history, there’s a distinct sense on Capitol Hill that nobody knows actually what to expect from the Trump impeachment trial.
Only three presidents have been impeached by the House. Johnson, Clinton and now is President Trump. Johnson and Clinton both faced a Senate hearing, however, they were acquitted and not removed from office.
Former President Richard Nixon faced an impeachment probe. He also resigned before the House could vote to impeach.
The House presents its case for impeachment. The President’s lawyers outline their support, each issuing that results could be dealt with as quite a “jump ball” in the statements of McConnell with senators taking votes on motions put forward.
“It’s somewhat unpredictable,” stated Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. “The rules and how we are going to proceed will need to be negotiated.”
Adding up to the ambiguity over how the process will play out, McConnell declared on Thursday the Senate is at an “impasse” about setting the rules of the Trump impeachment trial, leaving the status of a hearing in limbo as legislators leave Washington until the new year.
The House also took its conclusive vote of the year without appointing impeachment managers or sending articles of impeachment to the Senate, recommending that Democrats won’t take the steps required to start the trial until January.
Let’s describe it as the Pelosi Pause. There are not any written laws ruling the timetable for delivery of the House decision impeaching Donald Trump to the Senate, the only customer.
However, then there were no written laws ruling the timetable for a Senate decision on Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland, only custom. If Speaker Nancy Pelosi obeys Senator Mitch McConnell’s playbook, Donald Trump will never stand trial in the Senate.
Some senators are intended to draw on the institutional knowledge that exists in the upper chamber. Turning to legislators, senators plan aides who were around for past impeachment proceedings to get a sense of what’s to come.
“We have some staff who were involved in the impeachment proceedings of President Clinton. We have members who were involved and staff who were involved,” Carper said, “I’m talking to people who were there. What was it like? What should we know?”
Some lawmakers also seem prepared for what is coming next based on experience or at least as prepared as they can be.
13 House Republicans were chosen as impeachment managers to act as prosecutors during Clinton’s impeachment trial. During a Senate trial, senators present the case against the then-President. Three are still actions going on in Congress today.
Those Republican legislators who serving as managers still hold seats in Congress. Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin and Sen are those mentioned as Republicans.
At the time of the Clinton impeachment, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was a spokesperson of the state’s third congressional district.
Asked what he’s doing to prepare for a Senate trial this time around, Graham declared, “I’ve done it once before, I’m ready to go.”
“I’m ready to listen, that’s what our job is, to listen,” Graham continued. “Instead of talking, I’ll be listening. Last time, I was talking.”