A week after security used weapons to defend Congress from the protestors, the House of Representatives gathered to vote on a impeachment of the President Donald Trump.
Congress voted on a resolution accusing the Republican president of inciting a revolt and violence, which in the end resulted in five deaths.
As expected, some Republicans, mostly disappointed by the recent happenings, decided to support the Democratic representatives and their resolution on the impeachment.
222 Democrats and 10 Republicans voted for the impeachment, making President Trump the the first president to be impeached twice.
The voted decision will now be forwarded to the U.S. Senate, where the 100-member assembly will meet again as a jury presided over by the U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
What follows impeachment?
It is important to note that yesterday’s voting in the US Congress will not remove President Trump from the office.
In order for such a scenario to happen, a number of Republicans sitting in the Senate would have to turn their backs on President Trump.
More precisely, 17 of them.
But there is almost no chance that yesterday’s decision will be confirmed by a two-thirds majority in the Senate, which will be under Republican control until January 20, when Joe Biden takes office.
The Senate, however, could ban Trump from running for office a second time, as such a decision requires a relative majority of votes.
The Senate with a Republican majority is not in session until Jan. 19, the day before the inauguration of President-elect Biden.
Mitch McConnell - The trial will not take place before Biden’s inauguration
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell stated that there is no chance Trump’s “removal” will be decided in the Senate before Joe Biden is inaugurated.
McConnell said that Congress and US Senate must focus their work on enabling a safe inauguration and orderly transfer of power, and that any hasty trial process would be unfair and frivolous.
Opinion polls suggest the president still has significant support within his party, so it’s hard to expect Democrats to achieve the desired outcome even when the trial takes place.
A challenge for Biden
Also, the trial itself will be a challenging task for Biden’s administration.
After taking the oath, President-elect Biden will have to fight a pandemic that takes the lives of more than 4,000 Americans a day.
The declining economy seems like a secondary problem.
Now, thanks to the backward thinking of his party-members, Biden will have to deal with unfair and unnecessary trial as well.
The Senate busy with the Trump sentencing process won’t be able to focus on passing Biden’s “ambitious program” for the first 100 days, but also processes of running federal government, and quickly appointing administration.
The first 100 days are a crucial time for any new president.
Biden created additional problems for himself at the worst possible moment.
Unfortunately, the consequences of his irresponsible politics will be felt by those who have the least.