George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley Who Spoke to Republicans Ahead of the Second Impeachment Trial of Pres. Trump in the Senate; Turley Is Commenting on Whether This Second Impeachment Is Constitutional.

January 26, 2021
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They have a tough decision to make.

  • The impeachment trial will look different than President Trump’s first trial (and others).
  • President Trump is the first president impeached twice – his second trial will occur weeks after he left office.
  • President Trump was impeached on one article of impeachment on “incitement of insurrection.”
  • The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who usually oversees as impeachment trial, will not be present but the position filled by a Senator Leahy (D-Vt.), “the longest-serving member of the Democratic majority.”
  • Some Republicans argue the impeachment trial should not continue as Pres. Trump is no longer in office and impeachment is intended for those in civil positions (federal gov’t).
  • Leading Democrats argue a key point to impeachment is not *just* for current officials, but for those who have left office, as a way to ban them from future positions.
  • After Senators were sworn in for the impeachment trial, Republicans attempted to pass a motion to declare the impeachment trial unconstitutional. It failed.
  • Why It Matters: In order to convict an official in an impeachment trial, the Senate would need 67 votes or two-thirds majority. The Senate is currently 50 lawmakers voting Democrat, and 50 voting Republican. The early forecasting favors Pres. Trump NOT being convicted – HOWEVER, the Senate trial will include evidence and arguments from both sides. The proper part of the trial will begin Feb. 9.


Here’s the two sides of the argument about whether to impeach or not impeach Pres. Trump for a second time:

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by Jenna Lee,