Shortly before his last day of work as US President on January 20, Donald Trump (74) is due to be removed from office with an impeachment procedure. The charge: “inciting a riot” because he heated his supporters until they stormed the Capitol. What sense does being kicked out just a few days before Trump has to move out of the White House anyway?
One thing is certain: The impeachment process should be initiated on Monday, announced the Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu (51) on CNN. The Democrats would introduce the move at the first opportunity in the House of Representatives. “We expect a vote in plenary next week,” said Lieu of the express timetable, perhaps on Tuesday or Wednesday – if Trump does not voluntarily clear the field by then.
No new candidacy, no pension, no expenses
Although his term of office will soon be over, impeachment proceedings for Trump have unpleasant consequences: regardless of the success of the presidential expulsion, he will go down in history as the only US president who has had two such impeachment proceedings under his belt. The first trial ended in early 2020 and revolved around a freaky phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (42). Trump is said to have put pressure on his counterpart to have his opponent Joe Biden (78) investigated for corruption.
What would be even worse for Trump than the historical double impeachment: If the impeachment is successful, a possible political comeback in four years would be impossible. The outgoing US president has already indicated several times that he wants to run again for the presidential election. If he is chased out of office, he will probably be banned from future candidacies. In addition, a number of other benefits that are provided for ex-presidents are removed, including a pension and annual travel expenses.
The procedure could therefore even be continued after Donald Trump is no longer in the White House. Because the Senate will not meet again until January 19 for the next time – and would need a two-thirds majority.
“A disturbed, confused, dangerous president”
Nancy Pelosi (80), chairman of the House of Representatives and Trump arch enemy, wants to bring Trump before a judge: “He has done something so serious that he should be prosecuted,” she told the broadcaster CBS. And: “Unfortunately, the executive is a troubled, confused, dangerous President of the United States.”
The US president loses his immunity on January 20th. Even before the storm on the Capitol, there was speculation that he might try to pardon himself preventively – that too would be unique in American history.
Donald Trump has not yet commented on the issue. He would also have to look for a new communication channel: his Twitter account, his favorite channel, has been shut down. Because of the “risk of further incitement to violence”.