WATCH LIVE: Senate takes ceremonial steps to start Donald Trump’s impeachment trial
In this image from video, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro tempore of the Senate, who is presiding over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday afternoon will take the ceremonial steps to start the historic impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump. The Senate will meet and swear-in Senators as jurors starting at 1:15 p.m. A livestream of the event will be placed in this article, but delays are possible. Nine House Democrats delivered the impeachment case against Trump to the Senate on Monday in a ceremonial march in the halls of the U.S. Capitol — the same halls that were stormed by pro-Trump supporters on Jan. 6. Biden himself told CNN late Monday that the impeachment trial “has to happen.” While acknowledging the effect it could have on his agenda, he said there would be “a worse effect if it didn’t happen.”Read also:
WATCH LIVE: Impeachment article delivered to Senate
Impeachment managers, led by the House Clerk and the Acting House Sergeant at Arms, will hold a procession ceremony through National Statuary Hall and the Capitol Rotunda to the Senate to present the article of impeachment to the Secretary of the Senate. U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, lead manager, will read the article of impeachment on the Senate Floor. San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro is among the impeachment managers who will argue to convict former President Donald Trump.
Rep. Joaquin Castro talks Trump impeachment, potential bid against Ted Cruz and COVID-19 relief checks
An article of impeachment is expected to be sent to the U.S. Senate on Monday, and one of the nine impeachment managers who will argue to convict Trump is San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro. Castro spoke with La Prensa Texas this week about the impeachment effort and why the case for conviction needs to be made. ”It is a high bar to convict any president in the Senate,” Castro said. With Cruz resisting those calls, Texas Democrats expect one of the Castro brothers to run against Cruz in 2024, when his current term ends. “I do not believe that Mr. Cruz represents many of us in the state of Texas.”For now, Rep. Joaquin Castro isn’t focused on a potential Senate bid.
Trump becomes first president to get impeached twice: The scene at the Capitol, in photos
With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump. Trump is the only U.S. president to be twice impeached. The U.S. Capitol stands on January 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (2021 Getty Images)Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presides over the vote to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump for the second time in little over a year in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 13, 2021. (2021 Getty Images)
Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales votes against impeachment of Pres. Donald Trump
President Donald Trump made history on Wednesday by becoming the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. Texas congressman Tony Gonzales called the historic nature of the vote “partisan,” and said the attempt to impeach Trump is an act to divide the country further. In a Twitter post, Gonzales said, “I rejected Nany Pelosi’s latest attempt to impeach the president. With one week left in President Trump’s term, the latest efforts to impeach the President does nothing to heal our country. We are bitterly divided right now – and this effort only worsens that divide.”Related: US House votes to impeach President Donald Trump
Joaquin Castro calls Trump ‘the most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office’ during impeachment proceedings
(Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro said President Donald Trump is “the most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office” during an impassioned speech on the floor of Congress during the impeachment debate on Wednesday. The most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office.”“If inciting a deadly insurrection is not enough to get a president impeached then what is,” Castro continued. Unlike his first impeachment in 2019, some Republicans will be breaking rank with their party to vote to impeach him. Trump faces a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”To be removed from office or barred from ever holding federal elected office again, Trump must be convicted on the impeachment charge in the Senate. However, it appears unlikely that the Senate would hold a trial before next Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Pelosi names Joaquin Castro as ‘impeachment manager’ ahead of Wednesday proceedings
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: Representative Joaquin Castro,(D-TX) center, speaks during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. “Tonight, I have the solemn privilege of naming the Managers of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump,” Pelosi said. He also serves on the Rules Committee and the Committee on House Administration, where he is Vice Chair. Congressman Ted Lieu: Congressman Lieu serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean: Congresswoman Dean is a member of the Judiciary Committee, where she serves on the Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Spurs’ Popovich calls ‘Trumpism a cult,’ says Trump impeachment would bring people together
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich walks off the court after he was ejected during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – As President Donald Trump faces another impending impeachment trial in the aftermath of last week’s violence and riots by pro-Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich shared his thoughts on the subject. I’m a Democrat, but her values are just as important as my values, and that’s what you talk out. That’s what you compromise on, but crazy nuts, whack jobs, lies and conspiracy theories have gotten us to this point. “This impeachment will say a lot and if anything, it will bring people together rather than be divisive because it will bring people who have thought a different way and realize what Trump can really do and who he really is,” Popovich said.
‘We are in uncharted waters’: San Antonio law professor discusses possible Trump impeachment
SAN ANTONIO – Saint Mary’s Law Professor Bill Piatt describes the impeachment process as “long” and “drawn out”. And with the Trump administration expected to come to an end within days, Piatt said it’s unclear if and when an impeachment trail would take place. According to Piatt, the impeachment process begins in the House of Representatives, where a majority must vote before it goes to the Senate for trial. “I think we all as citizens have to have a basic understanding of the constitution and the processes of law,” Piatt said. READ MORE:Trump says ‘tremendous anger’ in nation over impeachmentDemocrats plan lightning Trump impeachment, want him out nowTexas congresswoman introduces Articles of Impeachment against President Trump
Can an impeached president run for re-election?
No matter what happens in this year’s election, President Donald Trump has already made history in one way. While Trump is the third president ever to be impeached by the House of Representatives, he likely will be the first impeached president in history to be nominated by a political party to run for re-election. In short, the ability of Trump — or any president who gets impeached, for that matter — to seek re-election while impeached is entirely up to the Senate. This was never a scenario for the previous two presidents to be impeached by the House, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Clinton was impeached in 1999 during his second term and wasn’t allowed to run for president again due to term limits.
Sen. Cornyn: Impeachment hearings ‘dividing the nation’
Senator John Cornyn was in San Antonio on Monday, working with volunteers to prepare turkey dinners for the 40th annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. As the senator volunteered in the kitchen, he also talked with a KSAT crew about the issues facing Congress as they try to work through the impeachment hearings. “I don’t really see why we should be dividing the nation this way, less than a year before the election," Cornyn said. "That’s not the way we ought to choose our leaders, not through the impeachment process." “Trade with Mexico and Canada supports 14 million jobs, so this is an important piece of work,” Cornyn said.