US politics live updates: Donald Trump’s impeachment trial takes shape as Joe Biden builds out inauguration plans – ABC News

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Hi Peter, great work you and the team do to distract us from work. For conviction in the Senate, 17 Republicans need to vote to impeach, but does that number change, if as we saw in the House vote, there were a number of Republicans that abstained from casting a vote? 5 abstain, so 95 * 2/3 = 64.

-Two thirds majority

I can’t say for sure. But there are two things I do know. 

One — the Senate sets all its own rules for a trial. If they want to make every Senator wear a blue hat, they can. So they could make it so every Senator must be present, or allow proxy votes and so on. We’ll find out more about the rules of the trial in the coming days and weeks.

And two — the text of the impeachment clause says this: “no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.” That suggests that the two-thirds majority is required from the people in the room. A present vote is not a vote in favour, so could count as essentially a no vote.

At the end of the day, the Senate is a MUCH smaller place than the House (there are 100 Senators total), so it’s a lot harder to hide a “present” vote in the crowd. I think the question will probably be moot, and we’ll see all senators cast a yea or ney just like the last impeachment trial.

this is total rubbish. after pres trump leaves office he cannot be impeached. it is illegal to impeach a private citizen.

-mrs raccoon

Trump has already been impeached a second time. That happened yesterday. It’s done. 

And Democrats have argued that they want this Senate trial to begin immediately, while Trump is still in office. Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is holding up proceedings right now.

It’s an unprecedented scenario, sure. But most legal experts have concluded the trial can go ahead after Trump leaves office because the Senate will more than likely be asked to vote on whether he can hold federal public office ever again. That’s a relevant question given Trump has only served one term.

PETER MARSH put the energy drink down and get yourself a proper breakfast! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Love mum xx

-Pete’s Mum

SHUT UP YOU’RE NOT MY MU…..oh….um…..

Hi Peter,
Is it true that Trump has stopped paying Giuliani his legal fees and what do you make of it?


All rumour and speculation at this point. Nobody has confirmed this, so treat it with a very skeptical eye.

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