Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Biden Reportedly Doubts Trump Conviction as Impeachment Article Delivered to Senate - Sputnik International

Biden Reportedly Doubts Trump Conviction as Impeachment Article Delivered to Senate

In a historic move for the United States, House Democrats and some Republicans impeached Trump for a second time shortly after the deadly 6 January US Capitol riot, days before he was set to depart from the White House, accusing him of "incitement of insurrection".

US President Joe Biden on Monday told CNN that he does not believe there will be enough Senate Republican votes to convict Donald Trump after the latter was impeached in the House for a second time.

     "I think it has to happen", Biden told CNN's Kaitlan Collins in a hallway interview, referring to Trump's impeachment trial and adding that there would be "a worse effect if it didn't happen."

The president reportedly suggested that the outcome would be different if Trump had six months left in office, but acknowledged that it was unlikely that 17 GOP Senators will vote to convict Biden's predecessor.

    "The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn't changed that much," Biden noted.

On Monday evening, impeachment article was delivered to the Senate floor, formally triggering Trump's second impeachment trial in the Senate. It would take 67 Senators to convict Trump in the upper house.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided during Trump's first impeachment, will not be doing so this time, making way for Senator Patrick Leahy, as the US Constitution says that a chief justice must preside when an incumbent president is being impeached, which Trump is no longer.

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