Impeachment trial against Trump begins in the second week of February | The World | DW

The second impeachment trial against former US President Donald Trump for “inciting insurrection” with the assault on the Capitol will formally begin the week of February 8, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate affirmed this Friday (01/22/2021). , Chuck Schumer.

Schumer indicated that the indictments for the impeachment will be sent to the Upper House on Monday, January 25, and the following day the procedural questions and preparations to carry it out will begin.

Earlier, the head of the Republican minority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, had called for a delay of the beginning of the impeachment until mid-February to allow the Trump defense to prepare.

Schumer indicated that he and McConnell will continue to negotiate the length and format of the impeachment process.

“But make no mistake, the trial will be held in the United States Senate, and there will be a vote on whether or not to ‘convict’ the president,” said the Democrat.

“It will be a full trial, it will be a fair trial,” he defended.

The assault on the Capitol on January 6, executed by followers, left five dead, including a policeman.

Pelosi expects a fair precess

The president of the House of Representatives, the progressive Nancy Pelosi, had indicated in a statement that she was “attentive to the fairness of the process” and stressed that Trump will have the same time to prepare his defense as the legislators who will act as “prosecutors” in impeachment.

This will be the second “impeachment”, as the impeachment process is known in English against Trump, who was successful in the first at the beginning of 2020 due to his pressure on Ukraine.

Trump, the first president in US history to be subjected to two political trials, this time faces the charge of “inciting insurrection” due to the violent assault on the Capitol on January 6 by a mob of his followers, who left five dead, including a policeman.

Although the process can no longer result in the removal of Trump, who left the White House on Wednesday, Democrats hope it will result in the former president’s disqualification from future political office.

Under Senate rules, any impeachment trial must begin at 1:00 p.m. local time (6:00 p.m. GMT) the day after the lower house sends the charge in question to the upper house, known as the impeachment article.

However, the Senate has some flexibility to shape the calendar.

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Trump: I will never forget that the Republicans have left me alone

The still US president denounced that the Republicans have left him alone in a campaign to change the electoral results, something he will never forget.

At a meeting held today [24 de diciembre] In Florida, everyone was asking why aren’t Republicans fighting over the fact that Democrats stole rigged elections? They said, in particular, why doesn’t this even happen in the Senate, where you helped eight legislators run for office? How soon they forgot!”, Has denounced the real estate mogul Donald Trump through a message on his Twitter account.

Also, the Republican leader has added in another tweet that he had saved at least eight Republican senators in the elections on November 3, including the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate Mitch McConnell, preventing him from losing “the recent rigged elections” .

A day after the Electoral College of the North American country ratified the triumph of Democrat Joe Biden despite Trump’s accusations about a “generalized fraud” in the presidential elections of November 3, the main Republican senator of the United States, recognized by Biden’s election victory for the first time on December 15, something that, however, was rejected by Trump.

In this regard, the New York tycoon added that “now, almost everyone has taken a step back, observing my fight against the evil and deceitful enemy, that is, the extreme left democrats.” “I will never forget it!”, He asserted.

On November 14, the electoral body confirmed Biden’s victory, surpassing Trump by just over 7,000,000 votes. Meanwhile, the Republican has not yet recognized the triumph of his rival, insisting that he has a chance to challenge the election results based on an alleged massive fraud of which he has not provided any evidence.

The still tenant of the White House resorts to his theory of a conspiracy and arguments, such as electoral fraud, or that he will take the issue of the elections to court, to reverse the results in his favor.

However, so far, all legal actions by the Republican and his team have failed in their attempts to stay in power.



Trump, spectacle and damage inflicted

The numbers vary a bit, but something like seven in 10 Americans who identify as Republicans believe that the election that Joe Biden won was the product of massive and organized fraud on the part of Democrats, so Donald Trump should be reelected president.

Yesterday, almost at the same time that the Supreme Court of that country rejected without dissent one of the most important and almost the last of the legal resources of the Trump campaign, opening the way to the ratification of Biden in the electoral college, the tycoon was up to something else.

At the event to announce the national vaccination plan, responding to a question as to why members of Biden’s transition team had not been invited to implement the plan, Trump said:

“Well, we will have to see who the next administration is, because we won in those key states and terrible things happened. So we will have to see who the next administration is. But whatever the next administration is, it will really benefit from what we’ve been able to do with this incredible science, the doctors, all the people that came up, the lab technicians. The work that has been done is incredible, and it will be incredible for the next administration. And hopefully the next administration will be Trump’s, because you can’t steal hundreds of thousands of votes. You can’t have fraud and deception and all the things they did and then win a key state. And you just have to look at the numbers. Look what has been recorded. Look at all the corruption. And we’ll see. You can’t win an election like that. “

In these days, Trump signed a decree – we will see if it is legal – for the vaccines to be distributed and applied first to “Americans”, giving one last message to the world.

Four years, luckily only four, have been enough for Trump’s legacy to be that of polarization, hatred, the abundance of crazy conspiracy theories and, now, the attempt to delegitimize his successor. That damage is done.

We will see how long the reconstruction of the affected thing takes.



Trump Campaigns for GOP Senators in Georgia, Repeats Fraud Allegations

The president of United States, Donald Trump, campaigned this Saturday, December 5, 2020 for two Republican Senators in Georgia, at a rally that some members of his party fear would end up hurting their options if he focused on efforts to reverse his own electoral defeat.

In its first campaign rally since he lost to the democrat Joe Biden in the presidential elections of November 3, the Republican Trump reminded the excited crowd that traveled to South Georgia on behalf of the senators, who will contest a Second round On January 5.

However, he quickly moved on to his repeated accusations -made without testing- of a widespread fraud in the presidential election.

“They tricked and manipulated our presidential election, but we will still win it. And they are going to try to manipulate this election too,” Trump told those present, who chanted “We love you!” and “Four more years!”

Trump’s accusations have been rejected by state officials Y federal across the country, and almost every demands that you have submitted have failed. The outgoing president has also charged against the republicans who have refused to back him, like Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate winning in the southern state since 1992. state counts, including a detailed hand-held review of some 5 million ballots, revealed no significant irregularities.

The two Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, will meet Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who are backed by a good fundraising and they will seek to stay with a state that has not elected a Democratic senator in 20 years.

The strife they will determine which party controls the Senate. The Democrats – who already have a majority in the House of Representatives– must win both seats to control the Senate. If the Republicans win one, they will retain their majority and can block much of Biden’s legislative agenda.

The president-elect said he will visit Georgia to campaign for the Democratic candidates, but did not specify the date.

Earlier on Saturday, December 5, Trump telephoned Kemp and pressured him on Twitter to take further steps to benefit his bid to reverse the election results.

“I will easily and quickly win Georgia if Governor @BrianKempGA or Secretary of State allows simple signature verification … Why are these two ‘Republicans’ saying no?” Trump tweeted.

After Kemp responded on Twitter that he had “publicly requested the signature audit three times,” the president said it was not enough and added in a second tweet that the governor should immediately call a special session from state legislature.

“Your people are refusing to do what you ask. What are they hiding?” Trump said.


Former Republican officials urge Trump to acknowledge defeat

More than 100 former Republican officials repudiate Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his defeat, as it represents a “dangerous attack” on US institutions.

In a letter published Monday, a group of former Republican US National Security officials has demanded that Donald Trump acknowledge his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential elections on November 3.

Specifically, more than 100 former officials from the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, George W. Bush and Trump have criticized the failure of the majority of Republicans in the US Congress to condemn the stubbornness of the New York tycoon to the time to acknowledge your electoral defeat.

Most Republicans have remained silent as Trump disputes the election results, making unsubstantiated claims of fraud, and his legal team pursues increasingly desperate and failed attempts to reverse Biden’s victory.

By encouraging President Trump’s delaying tactics or remaining silent, Republican leaders are putting American democracy and national security at risk.”, Warns the text, according to the British news agency Reuters.

Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA, for its acronym in English) and the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as William Webster, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the CIA, they are among the members of this republican group.

Trump continues to insist on electoral fraud, despite the latest projections from the US agency The Associated Press (AP) They give a resounding victory to Biden with 79,850,242 votes, compared to the 73,799,071 obtained by the Republican magnate.

Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders also noted that the Republican Party has become “a cult” for keeping quiet in the face of Trump’s electoral attacks.



How far will Donald Trump go?

From the day it became clear that the US election had been won by his adversary, Democrat Joseph Biden, Donald Trump has executed a multi-lane strategy: from the White House he has dedicated himself to discrediting the election and denouncing a nonexistent fraud; his lawyers in key states have presented legal recourses that have failed, but that keep the attention of the press and his followers on the idea that the election is not decided, that perhaps there is a possibility of reversing the result.

As the day arrives when the electoral college meets in Washington to cast their votes and elect Biden, Trump and his lawyers have focused on each of the key states not “certifying” the results and then asking questions about what they will do. the members of the electoral college. The task is impossible, among other things because, as all the judges have pointed out, there is no evidence whatsoever in the demands of the lawyers; but it lengthens the feeling among Trump supporters that the election was fraudulent, undermining the legitimacy of the incoming government.

At the same time, Trump and his cabinet have dedicated themselves, with a rush not seen in recent years, to taking measures that make it more difficult for the Biden administration to work on its agenda, which it announced in the campaign. On issues of the environment, energy, foreign policy and trade, pending nominations for the judiciary, the Trump administration is now in a hurry.

And at the same time, because deep down he knows he will not be in the White House after January 20, Trump is trying to take over the Republican Party to be the undisputed leader of the opposition and then the candidate for the presidency in 2024. That, For example, it would make the various investigations that are underway in state prosecutors on your finances and taxes politically complicated.

This last avenue of strategy may be the most costly for their ambitions, because it would deny any Republican candidate, which there are, the possibility until 2028. And the Republicans have lent themselves to any indecency on the part of Trump, but deny them a political future if you are not subjected to it, it could be the one that ends up costing you the most. Key weeks that come to know what or who will stop the madness that we are seeing in the United States.



Senator Rubio recommends Trump collaborate with the transition

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a supporter of US President Donald Trump, recommends that you help with the transition of power to Biden.

In an interview with the American chain Telemundo Y published on Saturday, Rubio said he has contacted members of Trump’s campaign team to recommend that President-elect Democrat Joe Biden be given access to intelligence information to facilitate the transition.

“This would be positive for the country, because our enemies are not going to give the next president three months to acclimatize to start working.”said the Florida senator.

Trump, the first president in 28 years who has not been reelected for a second term, does not acknowledge his defeat to Biden in the November 3 elections and has resorted to arguments such as electoral fraud or that he will take the issue of the elections to court. ; although several organizations, including the Federal Electoral Commission, have determined that there are no signs of fraud.

In this regard, the US senator emphasized that, if the electoral result continues to confirm that the vice president of the North American country is also going to be the president, begin to facilitate the transition of power “does not hurt anyone.”

However, Rubio claimed to have had contact with the vice president-elect of the United States, Kamala Harris, to tell her that “there is no harm in allowing the transition work to begin, that does not mean that Donald Trump is admitting defeat. […] nor is it detrimental to their legal cases, “he added.

Faced with the vain attempts of the New York magnate to remain in power and not acknowledge his electoral defeat, a report published last Tuesday by the US newspaper The Hill revealed that Republican senators will recognize Democrat Joe Biden as president this week despite threats from the outgoing White House tenant.



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After consecutive defeats at the hands of Obama, the Republican party carried out an electoral autopsy. They came from losing the popular vote in the last five elections. As the Republican voter aged, Reagan’s party did not connect with a more diverse young voter. They had 34 out of 50 governorates, the pragmatism and restraint of the governors seemed the model to follow. A Social Conservatism that gave Bush the victory: seeking the Latino vote, strengthening the female vote, and denouncing inequality. Four years later none of this happened but the opposite. Trump showed up, broke all the rules, and won.

In the first presidential election, George Washington was the sole candidate, despite attempts to make him king of the United States. This revolutionary leader declined, accepted reelection alone, and retired to his estate on Mt. Vernon. Emulating Washington, no president sought more than one re-election until FDR won four in a row. After his death, a constitutional reform prohibited more than two terms. Technically, Trump is still alive by the year 2024.

For the second time the polls failed, Biden won, but it was tight. In the polls, the Democrat won Florida, North Carolina, and Texas: it did not happen. Their national victory that they said was 8% was 3%. If 72 thousand votes, only 0.04%, had voted differently in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, everything would be different. In 2016, 100,000 votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan were. Without the economic impact of Covid, Trump had a chance to win. Trump’s score showed he has votes.

No Trumpist senator in a vulnerable state lost. Lindsey Graham won by 16% despite the $ 100 million that was donated to defeat him. Even Susan Collins won in Maine where Biden was victorious. In the chamber, Republicans have regained six seats. A resounding victory for Biden, not only had electoral consequences but for the future Republican. Republicans who looked like Trump won.

In the United States, former presidents do not participate in day-to-day politics. Beyond attending the convention of their parties and going to some campaign events, the tradition has been not to participate. It is likely that Trump will not give up and be active. Today the Republican party was made in his image. Not only did 93% of Republicans vote for him, but the party turned ideologically towards him. Mitch McConell and Kevin McCarthy back up his retelling claims. The base is with him, most likely he will aspire again.

Biden is a friend of Colombia, he was decisive for Plan Colombia. In Congress, strengthening budget support and the double taxation agreement are within reach. The relationship has to evolve beyond the coca planting data or our usefulness to invade Venezuela. If Biden legalizes cannabis, there is a lot to rethink.

Despite the uproar over our alleged meddling in US politics, we forget that the US president got into Colombian domestic politics. Even attacking Colombian politicians for their electoral benefit. If Trump is going to be rolling and with a chance to return in four years, we have to be more sophisticated than ever.


Trump considers participating in a march in his favor in Washington

Donald Trump is considering attending a protest on Saturday against the alleged fraud that benefited Democrat Joe Biden in the US presidential elections.

It is heartwarming to see the tremendous support out there, especially the demonstrations that are emerging across the country.“Trump said in a message left Friday on Twitter.

The New York mogul even suggested that you could “come and say hello” to the protesters who would take to the streets of Washington DC, the capital, to express their support for him after the presidential elections in which, according to projections by local media, he failed against Biden, who has won 306 electoral votes.

These elections were faked!“, Insisted the Republican, reiterating the alleged” theft of the elections “and” fraudulent acts “, especially in relation to votes by mail, in favor of his Democratic rival.

Different extreme right groups, close to Trump, indicated that they would take part in the march in support of the Republican magnate’s claims about the alleged electoral fraud. There are fears that the march will result in violent acts, taking into account that most of the aforementioned groups are heavily armed.

The main US media have pointed to Biden as the winner of the elections on November 3, however, the General Administration of Services (GSA, for its acronym in English), the agency in charge of initiating the transition of power in that country, has not yet recognized the victory of the Democratic candidate and, therefore, has not proceeded to implement any measure for the transfer.

Faced with such a situation, a group of more than 150 former senior National Security officials sent a letter to the GSA on Thursday asking it to begin the transition process and warned that the refusal to acknowledge Biden’s victory would have dangerous consequences for the country.

Biden has, in turn, been disdaining Trump and his circle’s attempts to hinder the transition, and is making the necessary preparations for the inauguration, scheduled for January 20, 2021.

Along the same lines, the Democrat named Ron Klain, 59, an experienced adviser and a strong critic of the outgoing president’s management of the coronavirus pandemic, as head of his future cabinet.



United States elections: the purge of Donald Trump

The Republican mogul’s revenge is no secret: Trump is used to purging after his defeats. The next two months will be turbulent.

Donald Trump is furious and thirsty for revenge for his loss to Democrat Joe Biden, and his retaliation did not take long. On Friday, the Republican administration fired Bonnie Glick, deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development, without any justification.

Her firing is because Glick was about to become the interim administrator from her time as deputy administrator, and the president did not want that. Trump loved John Barsa, who is closer to his positions and loyal to his circle, and also asked not to cooperate with Biden’s transition team. Everything goes along that line. From now on the president will make life miserable for his successor.

The tycoon will take advantage of the two months that he has left in the White House to put key chips inside to maintain his legacy for longer in government and get rid of the pieces that he considers to be “traitors.” It is a game of thrones.

Another one fell on Monday: Defense Secretary Mark Esper was notified of his dismissal through a call from Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, just minutes before the president announced the deposition on his Twitter account. Esper’s dismissal was not surprising, since the now former defense secretary never had a good relationship with the Republican. In fact, a rumor circulated on Friday that Esper had prepared his resignation letter to present before Trump fired him. This in order to show distancing from his administration.

But that was not the end of their roll: instead of leaving the undersecretary of defense, David Norquist, as secretary in charge, Trump put Christopher Miller, director of the National Center against Terrorism, in front during these months. This, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, indicates that he could accelerate the withdrawal from Afghanistan in his last days of rule to show that as his legacy.

The president’s revenge list is long, and Republicans also want to see heads roll. Georgia Senate candidate David Perdue, who will have to run a second round in January after failing to exceed the 50% threshold in the general election, called for the resignation of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for his “embarrassing” management in these elections.

According to Perdue, Raffensperger “failed the people” by allowing alleged illegal votes to be counted. “The lack of transparency is unacceptable … you must resign immediately,” says Senator Perdue. But he has no evidence, like Trump, of vote counting irregularities. They are being bad losers. Kelly Loeffler, the other Georgia senator due to run for the second round in January, joined the demands.

Importantly, Georgia’s two seats are up for grabs, and if Democrats win them in January they will dominate the Legislature. What Perdue and Loeffler do is approach the president and his speech about an alleged fraud to keep their voters facing the elections because their last hope is at stake.

The other firings that Trump has discussed are those of FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, because he believes they have not been “loyal enough.” And this is because the president expected them to lead a smear campaign against Biden, but none accompanied him in that plan.

The president also wants to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and one of the heads in the fight against coronavirus. The two have never gotten along because of the former’s refusal to the recommendations of scientists and experts. However, Trump could not fire Fauci because he has an apolitical, public service appointment.

There is another Trump ally who could face punishment: Fox News. The president’s favorite channel caused his fury when he conceded Biden’s victory in Arizona and later in Pennsylvania. The president’s circle made desperate calls to reverse that news: Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, called Fox owner Ruper Murduch himself, and Hope Hicks, Trump’s adviser, wrote to the channel’s internal staff to advise them how to change the story. They were not heard.

But the honeymoon between Trump and Fox was over before long: The president asked Fox for a discount on the advertising fee for his campaign, and when the channel refused, the relationship turned sour. This is why his language towards Fox became so hostile.

Now Trump wants to make his own channel due to the “betrayal” of his friends at Fox. It would not be easy to compete with them or build his media emporium, a wish that has always been on his list, since Trump is in debt.

In fact, Matthew Knott, a US correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald, found a key point: One of the reasons for Trump not acknowledging his defeat is financial. His campaign is asking his supporters for donations to court battles seeking to challenge the results, but he warns them in fine print that that money could also be used to pay off campaign debts. We checked the emails and indeed there is the warning.

This is not Trump’s first purge. The president is used to revenge. At the beginning of the year, when he faced impeachment, there was a purge. He looked for those he considered “disloyal” and withdrew them. Several heads rolled. In 2018, harassed by the investigations of “the Russian plot”, there was a purge. In 2019, motivated by pushing his national security reforms, the same.

The one now is much more alarming, of course, and it is because Trump sought to shield it to carry it out. In October, the president signed an executive order called the “Schedule F Order on Exceptional Service,” which, simply put, removes protections from career officials and gives you the power to purge federal workers and replace them. with close and loyal chips without experience. Why? To paralyze the incoming administration and ruin his first months in office. This order will protect Trump’s appointees from being fired on the grounds of “political affiliation.” Biden will have a hard time removing these people associated with Trump. As it did? According to the administration, it seeks to “get rid of the bad results.” But this is an excuse.

“Certainly there is room to reform the cumbersome process required to eliminate those who do not meet the standards. But this president’s criteria for determining satisfactory performance begin and end with personal loyalty, ”wrote the editorial committee of The Washington Post in October.

And all this without talking about the list of people to whom Trump owes a presidential pardon to rid them of trouble with justice. But another whole chapter has to be devoted to this.

Four years ago, Barack Obama invited Trump to discuss the transfer of power. They met for the first time on November 10, 2016. The transfer was peaceful. We won’t see that now. The next few weeks will be more than turbulent.