The House of Representatives will refer the indictment against Donald Trump to the second Chamber of Parliament, the Senate. The accusation: incitement to riot. If convicted, Trump could be banned from all federal offices for life.
The indictment with the charge of “inciting riot” is to be read there on Monday evening local time (7:00 p.m. / 1:00 a.m. CET on Tuesday).
The Democrats want Trump hold accountable for January 6th attack by his supporters on the Capitol. His term of office has already expired, but the proceedings could result in a lifelong ban on office at federal level if convicted. That would be any plans Trumps for re-running for the presidency in 2024.
Hot phase only in the second week of February
The step on Monday evening is considered the start of the procedure in senate. However, the hot phase of the actual negotiation should not start until the second week of February. For a conviction Trumps a two-thirds majority of the senators present is required. New President Joe Biden’s Republicans and Democrats each hold 50 seats in the senate. So 17 Republicans would also have to oppose it Trump put. It is doubtful whether this will happen.
The delay allows the chamber to vote on ministers it has nominated and also to deal with initiatives by the new government.
Senate dominated by Republican on first impeachment
The proceedings ended for him with an acquittal in – at that time still dominated by the Republican – senate.