Donald Trump Impeachment Trial Begins

Donald Trump arrives in the white house from Texas on January 12, 2021.

The Senate will begin the impeachment hearing into the actions of former President Donald Trump. 

Former President Trump, who is charged with “incitement of insurrection” after some of his supporters stormed the US Capitol on 6 January, has spent the past three weeks inside his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The former president has been at his resort, close to the golf club, after leaving Washington DC on the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration. So far his schedule is restricted to playing multiple rounds of golf and taking some rest.

Yesterday Tuesday, a debate on whether it was constitutional to pursue a former president who is out of office has given us a glimpse of what lies ahead.  According to a report from the conservative Washington Examiner newspaper, Trump avoided the golf course and was instead devoted himself to watch TV coverage of his trial.

The television coverage of his impeachment trial this week will put the former President to the place he loves best: the political spotlight. However, expect to hear nothing from him.

 Politico described Trump as “increasingly frustrated” with the total disorganization of his legal team.

“President Trump was not happy with the performance of his legal team in action,” Politico reported. They say that Trump saw it as a missed opportunity, and was also unhappy that his legal team appeared to concede, contrary to the baseless conspiracy theories that Trump himself had spread, that Joe Biden had won the election.

Only six Republicans voted to go ahead with the impeachment adding to the 50 democrats. And the majority have made their decisions on more than evidence or argument. But in reality, their decision will be highly partisan, guided by politics, power and personal interest.

One senator, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana who voted in favor of the impeachment proceedings did so because of the “terrible job” the former president’s lawyers did in defending him. 

“Trump’s team was disorganised, they did everything they could but to talk about the question at hand. And when they talked about it, they kind of glided over it, almost as if they were embarrassed of their arguments,” Mr Cassidy told reporters at the Capitol. 

Majority of citizens think that Trump will be cleared, however, the Senate trial isn’t just about the verdict but his future in politics.

What’s going to be Trump’s political potency in the future? Well, many analysts believe this will weaken his efforts to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden and his repeated calls to his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6, the day Congress was scheduled to formalize the electoral count.