4 Questions You Asked About Trump’s Second Impeachment
1. Why is it a big deal that Trump was impeached again?
- Trump is the first president to be impeached twice.
- He’s the only president to be impeached for actions leading to the interruption of government.
2. The Senate still needs to convict, right?
- Yes, the Senate will hold an impeachment trial.
- The House Impeachment managers act as the prosecution. Trump’s lawyers act as the defense, and the Senators act as the Jury.
- Two thirds of the Senators must vote guilty in order to convict him. That means 67 Senators must vote to convict.
3. Would conviction change anything for Trump?
- If convicted, the Senate can vote to prevent him from holding any future office. He could not run for president again.
- Trump – or others – could be subject to criminal charges based on the evidence.
- There’s a slight possibility that Trump could lose some lifetime benefits, like office space or some travel expenses.
4. Why have a trial if he’s already out of office?
- History – The impeachment tells future congresses that Incitement to Insurrection is grounds for impeachment.
- The senate will likely bring witnesses, documents, and other evidence of what really happened.
- It will create a formal record of the events of Jan 6, 2021.