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Trump’s trial set to rock Washington and echo through the ages

The simple question posed by Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial that begins Tuesday is whether a president who loses reelection can get away with a violent coup attempt in a desperate bid to stay in power. The answer contained in the former commander-in-chief’s likely acquittal for inciting a deadly mob assault on the Capitol will echo through generations and may influence the outcome of some unknowable future test of US democracy. The subsequent invasion of the US Capitol during a joint session of Congress to certify Biden’s election victory led to five deaths and saw Trump fans parading unimpeded through the halls of the iconic building as lawmakers fled to safety. By arguing that the trial is unconstitutional, politically motivated and an infringement of his free speech rights, Trump’s defense will resurface a core theme of his tenure that a president is all-powerful and immune from censure for anti-democratic behavior rooted in a volcanic, autocratic temperament. The prosecution case will uncover evidence of the horror unfolding at the Capitol, making it clear that the US political system is on the brink of abyss. While the executives will not be able to prohibit Trump from serving in the federal office in the future, they hope to condemn him according to the public perception that a political comeback in 2024 will be impossible. The price of leaving a former president who is still dominating his party is shown by the backlash against 10 Republicans who voted to dismiss them in Parliament. A window into America's political spirit In a moment of severe national crisis, amid an epidemic and economic catastrophe exacerbated by Trump's negligence in office, the trial will open a window into America's painfully dismembered unity. Washington is besieged by extremism even after its presidency has ended, with Trump's scrapping the truth with allegations of election fraud and the stupid conspiracies that show his struggle to save US democracy did not end on Inauguration Day. It is possible that a handful of Senate Republicans are imitating the Utah Senate. Their own concerns about accountability are limited to Republicans like Rep. Due to the lukewarm luxury of the Florida resort, the former President turned down Democrats' request to testify in his own defense; this is a factor that House accusation managers will use to support legal arguments denouncing him. The trial will consume hours a day for the next few weeks, but it will be only half of a compelling political story unfolding in Washington. When asked Monday to reporters at the White House whether his predecessor would be deprived of his future political rights and the privileges of a former president, "the Senate must take care of this," he said. A familiar line of defense They will first claim that the process is unconstitutional and motivated by a political vendetta. "It was a selfish attempt by the Democratic leadership in Parliament to pursue the feelings of fear and confusion on all Americans across the entire political spectrum, after seeing the destruction of the Capitol by several hundred people on January 6," the lawyers wrote. In a counterfill held on the eve of Monday's hearing, the impeachment leaders of the Democratic House blamed Trump's defense of "falsification" to support his discredited claims about a "fraudulent" and "stolen" election. And they claim that the evidence of Trump's core crime against the Constitution is overwhelming. "President Trump violated the Oath of Duty and betrayed the American people," said the briefing. The relatively uncomplicated nature of the charge against Trump and the more constricted nature of the case contradict the first charge that resulted in his acquittal last year, allegedly abusing Ukraine's power to intervene in the election to hurt Biden. Trump is now announcing two of the four presidential accusations in US history. 'Certain violation' The claim that a former president cannot be tried after being dismissed is based on a hyper-literal reading of the Constitution. Trump's supporters argue that the case is controversial because the accusation is about the impeachment of a President and Trump has already left power. But some legal analysts say the case was backed by precedents after the dismissal of several former officials or judges in US history, and at the same time approved by the Constitutional provision to ban the authorities from future federal office. "He wanted something that would disrupt the count of election votes and mean he would no longer be President of the United States," Conway said.

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