Nine House Democrats marched across the Capitol on Monday evening local timeto hand in the articles of impeachment charging former President Donald Trump with "incitement of insurrection”.
Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland and the lead impeachment manager read the articles on the Senate floorthat hold Trump accountable for his role in inciting the deadly assault on the Capitol on January 6th.
"In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government."
This official act has formally advanced the Senate trial process, although the trial itself has been pushed back by two weeks.
Usually, once a bill arrives at the Senate, a trial commences immediately.
But both parties have agreed that the trial can begin on February 8th.
The deal gives the Senate two weeks to focus on confirming President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees and work on a coronavirus relief package, while allowing Trump time to prepare his defense.
With the articles delivered, the one hundred senators will be sworn in as jurors for the proceedingswhich will be presided over by Senator Patrick Leahy.
For the impeachment to be passed, there must be a majority of at least 67 voteswhich means in a 50-50 split Senate, seventeen Republicans will have to agree, a steep climb given the continued allegiance to Trump among the Republican Party’s conservative base of voters.
This is Trump's second impeachment trial, and the fourth presidential impeachment in U.S. history.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.