Washington : The second impeachment hearing against former US President Donald Trump began before the Senate on Tuesday. He is the first former President to face such proceedings. According to a Reuters report, the US Senate has given constitutional approval to the impeachment trial with a majority. Under impeachment, he is accused of inciting a riot in the US Capitol (Parliament House) on January 6 to reverse the outcome of the presidential election.
Trump’s lawyers argue that the former president did not provoke people to riot while addressing a rally of supporters. Security arrangements have been tightened around the capital in view of the hearing. While Trump’s lawyers argue that Trump did not provoke people to riot while addressing a rally of supporters.
Defense lawyers have alleged that the impeachment managers of the House are taking only parts of the hour-long Trump speech that are helpful to the Democratic Party’s case. The lawyers underlined that Trump repeatedly appealed to his supporters, ‘to raise their voice in a peaceful and patriotic manner.’
They argued that Trump’s comment was ‘if you don’t fight you are going to lose this country, the election was done in the general context of security and not for violence’. Security arrangements have been tightened around the capital in view of the hearing.
The lawyers also said that the law enforcement had already expressed the possibility of violence on 6 January, so Trump could not incite himself to violence. Trump’s lawyers also contend that he was protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution. Together they have also said that impeachment of Trump is unconstitutional as he is no longer in office. Lawyers argue that the constitution does not give the power to impeach an ordinary citizen.
Members of the Democratic Party say that there are historical examples of impeachment against the conduct of those who have stepped down, who have committed an act while in office. However, it is not about the President.
The process of filing arguments will start from Wednesday and both sides will be given 16-16 hours. Prior to this, the impeachment process against the President was done only three times in which Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and then Trump were acquitted last year.