This issue has great political significance.Republicans considered the procedure unconstitutional; by doing so, they avoided confirming whether Trump’s role in congressional riots committed impeachable crimes.
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On Tuesday, the Senate allocated four hours to debate the issue.Here is what you need to know.
What did the Republicans say?
House Democrats and 10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump on the grounds of "sedition" a week before Trump's departure.
The impeachment put pressure on Senate Republicans, asking them to either forgive or deny Trump's actions.Some people put aside this issue and focus on the procedure itself. They believe that regardless of whether Trump’s actions constitute serious crimes and indiscriminate conduct, the Senate cannot try him because the constitution does not allow the former president to accept impeachment trials.
What will the Democrats say?
The Democratic leader of the House of Representatives impeachment case is expected to widely declare that the president can stand trial for crimes committed during his tenure, regardless of when the trial takes place.Democrats say that if this is not the case, the president who made mistakes in the final weeks of his term cannot be held accountable.
"Constitution makers worry that the president will'spare no effort to win a second term for himself,' thereby ruining his position," the nine impeachment chiefs wrote in a document last week. "If inciting riots against a joint meeting of Congress after the election is defeated is not an impeachable crime, then it is hard to imagine what else could be impeachable."
Trump’s lawyers are likely to make a narrower and more technical argument that the constitution prohibits the former president from being tried.
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What did the conservative lawyer say?
In his column, Cooper refuted the Republicans' claim that the penalty for impeachment and conviction is removal from office, so there is no intention to apply to the former president.
Cooper believes that the Constitution gives the Senate the power to prohibit convicted officials from holding public office again.He wrote: "It is illogical to prohibit the Senate from trial and conviction of former officials."
Cooper said that since Republicans voted on this issue last month, relevant legal academic research has evolved and exposed "serious weaknesses" in their arguments.
"Senators who support Paul's motion," he wrote, "should reconsider their views and judge the former president's misconduct based on facts."
Cooper's career has focused on promoting conservative constitutional laws.As a senior official of the Justice Department of the Reagan administration, he wrote an opinion on whether employers can refuse to hire people who may have AIDS, and was criticized as discrimination.As a private lawyer, he has represented the National Rifle Association, an advocate of school prayer, and a defender of the California same-sex marriage ban.
The senators will vote on this issue.
On Monday, Democrats seized Cooper's article to support their impeachment of Trump.
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