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WASHINGTON: Right here we go once more.
The defendant within the coming week’s impeachment trial — Donald Trump — stays the identical, however a number of main figures within the Senate proceedings have modified from the earlier effort to oust the now-former president.
So, too, have the fees. Trump was impeached in December 2019 for abuse of energy and obstruction of Congress, however he’s being tried now for “incitement of riot” for his position in final month’s lethal riot on the US Capitol.
Here’s a take a look at a number of the individuals anticipated to play key roles within the must-see televised occasion.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi has assigned a various group of 9 impeachment managers to the case — all Democratic Home members, all attorneys, and all completely different from the seven who managed Trump’s 2020 trial.
They’re led by Jamie Raskin, a constitutional scholar who began drafting the impeachment article shortly after the insurrectionist mob stormed the Capitol on January 6.
The 58-year-old Marylander takes on the most important case of his profession as he mourns his son Tommy, who dedicated suicide on New Yr’s Eve.
“I am not going to lose my son on the finish of 2020 and lose my nation and my republic in 2021,” Raskin informed CNN final month.
One other standout supervisor is Stacey Plaskett, 54, a Black mom of 5 from the US Virgin Islands.
As a delegate from a US territory, Plaskett doesn’t have Home floor-voting privileges and subsequently couldn’t vote for Trump’s impeachment. However she has expressed humility at being chosen to assist prosecute the case in opposition to the president, whom she stated “tried a coup d’etat.”
The 100 US senators is not going to simply be jurors in Trump’s trial; they had been witnesses and victims on the crime scene as rioters stalked lawmakers within the Capitol.
Nonetheless, Trump loyalists are many, together with 41-year-old conservative Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, a possible presidential aspirant, and Senator Ted Cruz, a onetime constitutional lawyer from Texas, who’re already giving full-throated defenses of Trump.
They had been amongst a handful of senators who voted in opposition to certifying the election ends in particular states, even after the riot, and at the moment are elevating the alarm about what Cruz has known as a “vindictive” effort to convict a president who’s already out of workplace.
Additionally on this group is Senator Rand Paul, who accused Democrats of being “deranged by their hatred” of Trump.
Final week Paul, 58 and a former ophthalmologist, pressured a vote on scuppering the trial on grounds it’s unconstitutional. The trouble failed, however in a telling consequence, solely 5 Republicans joined the Democrats in voting to proceed.
With conviction requiring two-thirds of the Senate, 17 Republicans must defect and be part of all Democrats with a purpose to discover Trump responsible.
They’re unlikely to achieve that threshold, however Senator Mitt Romney voted for conviction one yr in the past, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania is on document saying Trump “dedicated impeachable offenses” by inciting the riot.
The query is, can they win over skeptics? Moderates Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are on the fence, and Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell — who maintains huge affect over his caucus — has privately stated he’s contemplating voting to convict.
The US Supreme Court docket‘s chief justice is constitutionally empowered to preside over a court docket of impeachment attempting a sitting president. However as a result of Trump is out of workplace, Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided in 2020, bowed out.
That leaves 80-year-old Senator Patrick Leahy, who as the bulk social gathering’s longest-serving member is president professional tempore of the Senate, to imagine the position.
It is a difficult spot for a staunchly liberal lawmaker who can be serving as a juror, and who’s dealing with issues about his well being. He felt unwell and was briefly hospitalized simply hours after he was sworn in because the presiding officer on January 26.
Leahy is a mild-mannered Batman obsessive who has had a number of cameo appearances within the caped crusader’s motion pictures, and is an avid novice photographer.
Trump took a dig at him throughout a 2018 rally when he made impromptu claims concerning the veteran Democrat consuming. Leahy swatted away the feedback as “bogus baloney” and stated he had no thought why Trump thought he was a drinker.

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