Impeachment is the only means available to remove a corrupt president from office — and it should come as little surprise that the mechanism has been employed twice to attempt to remove Trump. He’s the most corrupt politician to ever hold the office of presidency. But now that Trump is out of office, many are asking a simple question: “Why bother?” There are a couple really good reasons to hold another impeachment trial for Trump’s wrongdoing.
Trump was impeached twice for abusing the power of the office of the presidency, but he has been accused of innumerable crimes during his stint in office. He is under investigation for potential tax fraud, he broke the Impoundment Control Act when he withheld funds from Ukraine, he shimmied around the Emoluments Clause when he resisted separating himself from his business ventures. His failures in office parallel his failures outside of office: not one to choose bankruptcy alternatives over bankruptcy himself, he has remained wealthy even after his businesses declared bankruptcy six times. Trump himself is in enormous debt.
One reason to hold another trial is because it’s important to hold our elected representatives accountable for illegal or corrupt activity while they’re in office. Successful accountability improves the chances that the next president will stay in his lane. But that’s less likely with an acquittal, which at this point seems more than likely.
The next reason is the most important. A successful Trump conviction would allow the Senate to bar Trump from ever holding public office again. We imagine Republicans would love the opportunity to accomplish this feat, considering many of the Republicans who seem forced into their cult-like relationships with the man are likely planning to run for president themselves in 2024. Too bad for them, since Trump has routinely teased another run for president in 2024. He’s even teased creating his own political party. No one should be shocked if he starts his own news channel.
Chief Justice Roberts will not preside over this trial as he did the last one, citing that it is not his responsibility because Trump is no longer in office. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy will preside as president pro tem of the Senate.
You’ll want to know the name of Maryland’s Representative Jamie Raskin, who took on the role of lead impeachment manager and will similarly take on the role of chief prosecutor during Trump’s trial. Other prosecutors include: Diana DeGette, David Cicilline, Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Stacey Plaskett, Madeleine Dean, and Joe Neguse.
Trump’s first team of lawyers quickly fled the scene and abandoned him. Reports suggest that Trump had urged them to lay the foundation of his case on widespread voter fraud during the election, accusations that have been debunked repeatedly even by members of his own administration. Lawyers cannot openly refute or lie about facts when they make a case. Doing so is grounds for disbarment.
We expect impeachment managers to provide new insight into the Capitol riots when they begin to make their case. Expect it to be an emotional day.