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Trump Impeachment Trial: Can the Senate Deliver Impartial Justice?

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Trump Impeachment Trial: Can the Senate Deliver Impartial Justice?

2020-01-16 16:03:131 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

By Chanel Adams : Image source: Screen shot

The impeachment process has been delayed. But it's finally swinging into full motion. The impeachment's delays will only outweigh its gains. Two articles of impeachment against President Trump were sent to the Senate on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the seven House managers who will serve as prosecutors during a trial that starts on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The historic impeachment of defending and prosecuting Trump's actions will take place nine months before Americans choose the next president.

The two articles alleging abuse of power were hand-delivered to the Senate on Wednesday morning. The ceremonial procession was led by Cheryl Johnson, the House clerk, and Paul Irving, the House sergeant-at-arms. This moment happened after the House voted to advance the articles. The only Democrat who voted against the transmission was Rep. Collin Peterson, reports The Hill. Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate GOP leaders were scheduled to accept the articles at noon.

The processional occurred after Pelosi announced the seven managers, headlined by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. Not only did she name the lead manager, but she also named the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. Both committee chairmen played an important role in the impeachment process since it launched last September. Meanwhile, Chief Justice John Roberts swore in all 100 senators as jurors for the impeachment trial. They promise to "do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws."

The Founders are optimistic despite the realities of judging a president. "The greatest danger (is) that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt," Alexander Hamilton wrote during the impeachment process in Federalist No. 65, according to USA Today. But as Trump's impeachment trial looms near, the third trial in U.S. history, there is a shift from the Democratic-controlled House to the Senate, where Republicans currently hold most of the majority. Sixty-seven votes are needed to officially remove Trump from office. Only time will tell if this will happen.

Americans feel hopeful. Sixty-two percent of Americans polled expressed optimism that a fair trial could happen, according to ABC News. Senators rejected pressure from Trump and his administration to short-circuit the court proceedings. Trump tweeted that the Senate should dismiss the "Impeachment Hoax." He argued in his series of tweets that it would give credence to the allegation against him. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News that "there will be no difference between the president's position and our position."

"Nothing in our history or our Constitution … insist that the Senate fill the blanks," he said on the Senate floor Tuesday. The rest of the Republican Senate leaders recognized that an outright dismissal would cause blowback against some of the GOP candidates. There's also been a full airing of House articles that prove that Trump abused his power while extorting political favors from Ukraine and obstructed Congress' investigation.

Americans are looking forward to the impeachment trial. The culture is already familiar with courtroom dramas filled with documents, relevant key witnesses, and a search for truth. However, it won't be as dramatic as the O.J. Simpson or the Casey Anthony trial. Senators will have to follow strict protocols. The impeachment trial is more political than previous televised court cases. This case has more of a political cause. Partisans believe this case will have little impact on the American public.

Trump's critics don't think it's political while Trump's supporters believe it's all about politics. But to the non-partisan individuals, those who decide which to vote, there could be a substantial impact. But the more that the impeachment looks political, the less influence it will have on voters. It becomes another thing that is "just what Washington does," and what people don't agree with. The entire impeachment could have a negative impact on the election, according to a column on The Hill.

The Democrats don't want anymore of a delay. They are desperate for the impeachment and are hoping for a positive outcome. They lost the 2016 election due to a polarizing political dynamic. Since then, Trump has been President Trump, even if most are still in denial. Democrats are more dependent on independents flocking to the polls and voting in their favor. They're hoping that this impeachment will make a positive impact on voters.

But for now, the impeachment trial will air on television next week. And this impeachment looks like it's based on politics rather than wrongdoings. Pelosi's statement that President Trump is "impeached for life" sounds like he was impeached for being president.

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