Impeachment Trial Begins With a Video of an Angry Mob Storming the Capitol

Mish

Former president Trump is now in the unusual position of being impeached twice. The trial is underway.

Opening Trial Statement on Constitutionality

Storming the Capitol

Rep. Jamie Raskin, serving as the lead House impeachment manager, opened his argument with a video showing the events of the Capitol riot to help argue that the proceeding is constitutional. 

Impeachment Managers: Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and former professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law. Eight others are on the team.

Presiding Officer: Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Chief Justice John Roberts oversaw Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial. The Constitution requires the chief justice of the U.S. to preside over impeachment trials of sitting presidents. But the law is silent on who presides over the trial of a former president, and the chief justice declined to participate in this one, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), who said that Mr. Leahy was next in line for the role as president pro tempore of the Senate.

The Jury: All 100 senators, including Mr. Leahy, will act as the jury in the case. Sixty-seven votes are required for a conviction.

Trump Lawyers: Bruce L. Castor, Jr, a former district attorney in Montgomery County, Pa.;  David Schoen, a longtime advisor; Michael T. van der Veen, the founder of a personal injury and criminal defense law firm in Pennsylvania where Mr. Castor also works.

The above are excerpts from Who's Who in the Trial

Live Coverage Options

Also here's How to Watch PBS NewsHour Coverage of the Second Trump Impeachment.

Where is this Headed?

Likely nowhere. I thought there was a decent chance of conviction but I believe I thought wrong.

Many Republicans are purposefully in denial of the legality of this clearly constitutional procedure.

Others are still beholden to Trump, wanting to carry the Trump banner in 2024. 

Trump Dominance is Over

Regardless, the Trump era is over. As noted Liz Cheney Marks a Welcome New Chapter in the Trump Era

Also, Senator Ben Sasse has me cheering. He delivered a scathing attack on the Nebraska GOP Central Committe.

For discussion and a must play video that went viral, please see Senator Ben Sasse Has Me Cheering. Please Listen Why.

While many Republicans want to hide behind a rock, some are willing to speak out. 

And Trump's legal nightmare over tax fraud is about to begin. He pledged to "return in some way" and will, but it will be a lesser way. 

All he can do now is make a mess of the party and a fool of himself if he tries a 2024 comeback.

Mish

Comments (39)
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Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Let’s hope you’re correct. I’d personally like to see a wooden stake driven through the heart of Trump’s political future.....but I think you’re right. They will not vote to convict, no matter what the evidence is....and I did catch some of the audio in my car at lunch....I think Raskin did well.

What a bunch of unpatriotic cowards in the Senate......they just don’t get it, imho...that it’s a very bad precedent to set...to always vote the party line on impeachment. At this point in history, it looks like impeachment is pretty much a joke....on the American public.

Dershowitz is a scumbag.....reminds me of Rudy....way past his sell-by date..

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Impeachment can only succeed as a threat, where the necessary votes to convict have been ascertained prior to impeachment, as in Nixon's case, whereupon the subject resigns and thus moots impeachment.

In each of the three historical incidences of impeachment, the defendant was acquitted. This fourth impeachment will be no different.

It is a strange circumstance where a Constitutional remedy has no practical application, except as a threat.

On a separate note, I have wondered how history would have changed had Clinton been convicted, which was a reasonable outcome given he was clearly guilty of perjury. Had the Democrats removed Clinton and installed Gore, we might have been spared the catastrophe of the GWB administration AND it's possible the Republicans wouldn't be as extreme in Trump's present case.

TexasTim65
TexasTim65

Personally I'm surprised they are even bothering unless they have the votes. I guess they need some Kabuki Theater to distract the masses from Covid / massive unemployment / racial tensions and a host of other important problems that they can't or don't want to tackle.

Remember in 2016 when Trump promised to 'Lock her up' and then did nothing after being elected. It's more the norm not to take to trial those who are leaving office/power because it's sort of a handshake agreement that neither side wants themselves investigated.

numike
numike

Michigan's top-ranked Republican says MAGA riot was a staged hoax -- and 'Mitch McConnell was in on it' Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is floating a conspiracy theory that claims the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was actually a "staged" event, adding that it was "hoax" that was not carried out by Trump supporters, according to the Detroit Free Press.

davebarnes2
davebarnes2

Sound and fury signifying nothing.

Tengen
Tengen

I don't care if anything happens to Trump, I'd be fine with him golfing at Mar-A-Lago the rest of his life. What needs to happen are the Q followers realizing they've been duped so they can come out of the fog. Many of them already have, but a sizable minority are still trusting the plan with no end in sight.

While it's far from optimal, we can function as an acrimonious society. We can't function with hordes of crazy people roaming around believing that everyone outside their group is a Satanic pedophile. There are now many YouTube channels that feature disturbing videos of encounters with Q people who are borderline feral. I'm not even sure they could get along with each other anymore!

Sechel
Sechel

It was a very effective opening and a powerful video. Jaime Raskin was very effective. The House impeachment lawyers effectively proved the trial is constitutional. Bill Cassidy was so won over by the House presentation and so put off by Trump's incompetent defense that he switched his vote.

By the way everyone kept asking why Trump's lawyer kept covering his head everytime he drank a glass of water. He's an observant Jew and wasn't wearing a kippah.

Where this goes? It would be the greatest victory of all time if the Democrats got 17 Republicans to go along. I think they are lucky if they get 7. But public opinion counts and based on the first day it seems more Americans will believe Trump should have been impeached than at the start of the trial

Sechel
Sechel

Trump's lawyers had a week to prepare and have a terrible case

Rbm
Rbm

Political theater is the new term for lying

Frilton Miedman
Frilton Miedman

Raskin's "January exemption" was brilliant, completely destroyed the "He's no longer in office" defense.

njbr
njbr

"Bill of Attainder" = "I got nuthin..."

Certainly worth a chuckle from lawyers that know their stuff.

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Neal Katyal

@neal_katyal
OK, they may have topped their ridiculous English history argument from an hour ago with the claim that this is a Bill of Attainder. OMG. Next they'll claim this trial violates the Quartering Clause of the Third Amendment.

Sechel
Sechel

Castor was Sonambulent

Sechel
Sechel

Castor was Sonambulent

Greggg
Greggg

Great time to pass legislation that should but won't cause outrage from the citizens. Chuck Schumer is wearing a mask so we won't be seeing his lizard tongue in action.

amigator
amigator

Seems the Chief Justice excusing himself to sit over trial speaks volumes as to their thoughts on the legality of the issue.

We know congress does not care about laws they feel they are above all and can decide which laws really matter and which don't.

Heymike
Heymike

Here's hoping Trump has no future in politics....but I don't think this will lead to anything.

Trump was calling for crowds for months while campaigning and no riots broke out. He then called from a crowd to go "peacefully protest" (yes he said it, go watch the video) and 150 out of thousands who came went ape and stormed the building. The prosecution will try and prove he incited violence...but if all the evidence they have is his now public tweets and facebook video, where he specifically asks for peaceful assembly, it'll tank.

Trump will then show clip after clip of Democrat's calling for unrest all summer long which will make his tweets absolutely benign by comparison. CNN was literally standing in front of burning buildings while claiming political movements aren't riots.

It's good Trumps gone; but this show will just keep him in the news longer....then fade away like the Russian-ruse. Sad all around.


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