Analysis: Here’s what might happen if Senate opts to hold 2nd impeachment trial

By Virginia Allen | The Daily Signal

President Donald Trump on Wednesday became the first president to be impeached a second time. The House voted 232-197 to impeach the president, with 10 Republican members joining all of the Democrats.

President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration is less than a week away, which doesn’t give the Senate enough time to hold a trial before Trump’s term expires. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says that if a Senate trial is to take place, it will occur after Trump leaves office.

Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal’s chief national affairs correspondent, joins the podcast to explain what precedent exists for holding an impeachment trial after an individual has left office, and what the likely outcome of that Senate trial would be.

Listen to the podcast below. (Discussion begins at 5:23 mark)

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4 thoughts on “Analysis: Here’s what might happen if Senate opts to hold 2nd impeachment trial

  1. An impeachment is a political option that was implemented to remove a ” sitting ” President,
    maybe Nancy needs to read the constitution, Trump will be out of office, on January 20, so
    this just goes to show DemocRATs are really bitter and really scared of a Trump 2024 either
    case it’s ………. pretty pathetic.

    If there is a trial in the Senate, Trump can bring in all the facts as evidence, hey Nancy you
    may not be the genius you think you are…… the truth will set you free.

    I give the illegitimate president-elect, six months before his own party stuffs him in a home,
    under article 25 ………. not a conspiracy !!

    Time Will Tell.

  2. The US Senate cannot hold such a trial after 20 January 2021, because impeachment, per US Constitution, is to REMOVE a President from office.

    After 20 January 2021, Trump will be a private citizen not holding any office.

    He can be prosecuted for any crimes BEFORE he became President.

  3. Craig Shirley: “…But you can’t judge the Trump presidency without judging his character” – I assume Mr. Shirley applies judgement of character to President elect Mr. Biden as well. I will be quite interested in hearing what judgement Shirley passes on Biden given what’s known about him to date.

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