When does the impeachment vote begin?

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This content was published on January 8, 2021 - 16:31 (Keystone-SDA)

The Democrats in the US Congress could initiate a second impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in a few days.

The impeachment vote in the House of Representatives could take place in the middle of next week, said senior MP Katherine Clark on Friday on CNN.

In the chamber ruled by Democrats, approval is considered certain. The procedure would then come to the US Senate, where a two-thirds majority is necessary. That would also require votes from Republicans.

The Democrats first waited to see whether Vice President Mike Pence and other cabinet members would take action on a shorter impeachment route under Amendment 25 to the US Constitution, Clark said. The day before, the chairman of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the top Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, Pence and the members of the government had called for it. "If the media reports are true that Mike Pence will not keep his oath and remove the president from office to defend our democracy, then we will fuel impeachment," said Clark. For Trump it would be the second impeachment process.

The trigger for the demands to ban Trump from the White House less than two weeks before the end of his term of office is the storm of his supporters on the US Parliament on Wednesday. The Democrats argue, among other things, that the president incited his supporters at a performance shortly before. "He's a traitor. He incited violence," said Clark.

The question remains, however, whether an orderly impeachment procedure can be obtained through both chambers of parliament until the transfer of power to Trump's successor Joe Biden on January 20. Clark was convinced that this was feasible: "We can be very fast if we want to." A legal question would also be whether such a procedure could continue if a president was no longer in office. With his conviction, Trump would lose the opportunity to run again in the 2024 presidential election. In the first impeachment trial, the Republicans in the Senate acquitted Trump.