On Monday, Joe Biden declared that a second impeachment trial for President Donald Trump “has to happen.”
“I think it has to happen,” Biden told a CNN reporter during an interview. He also acknowledged that a Senate impeachment trial could likely impact his timeline for legislative plans and Cabinet nominees. However, he added, there would be “a worse effect if it didn’t happen.”
The Hill reports:
Biden said he does not expect 17 Republican senators to vote to convict the former president, which would be necessary to get to a two-thirds majority, adding that the trial might have had different results if Trump had more time left in his term.
"The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn't changed that much," Biden allegedly stated.
Trump earlier this month became the first president to be impeached twice after being accused of inciting rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s election win.
Many lawmakers have argued that impeaching Trump even after he has already left the White House is not constitutional and that the trial should not even take place.
Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz condemned lawmakers attempting to impeach President Donald Trump, even after Joe Biden’s inauguration.
The professor declared that impeaching someone who is not a sitting president is NOT constitutional.
“It will be unconstitutional, but that probably won’t bother the senators. The Constitution is very clear,” Dershowitz said. “The subject, the object, the purpose of impeachment is to remove a sitting precedent. And there are two precedents. One is very obvious. When President Nixon resigned in anticipation of being impeached and removed, there was no effort to impeach him after he left office.”
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