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Analysis: Trump's historic 2nd impeachment trial hangs over Biden and Republicans

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Donald Trump's unique second impeachment sealed history's verdict on a corrupt and disgraced presidency. But the political endgame of this tragic saga is only now beginning and will decide the extent of America's recovery from his malevolent term.

The soon-to-be ex-President's Senate impeachment trial will mean his toxic presence will pollute the opening of Joe Biden's presidency.

The first-ever impeachment trial of an ex-president -- in itself the final, surreal shattering of norms of the Trump era -- will also go a long way toward deciding how quickly America's political institutions and the galvanizing role of truth in public life, which have both been under constant assault from the current President, can be rehabilitated.

Perhaps the courage of 10 Republican lawmakers who joined Democrats in a bipartisan impeachment in the House on Wednesday augurs a breach in rigid political battle lines.

"Make no mistake, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate; there will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors; and if the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again," Schumer said in a statement.

Intense intrigue surrounds how McConnell will vote himself after he made it known that he supports the notion of impeachment for the assault Trump incited last week on the Capitol -- including his beloved Senate.

That means that McConnell and those senators who ditched the President and refused to back his efforts to thwart the transfer of power on the day when the mob invaded the Capitol now have the chance to effectively expel Trump from the party and US politics for good.

House Republicans were split among fervent Trump backers, lawmakers who admitted he some bore responsibility for last week's outrage and those who cast fateful votes to desert their President.

Other Trump acolytes in the House showed their ongoing influence by arguing that the Democratic impeachment effort was nothing more than the continuation of an effort to destroy Trump's presidency that started within hours of him taking power.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, Biden called the assault on the Capitol "unlike anything we have witnessed in the 244-year history of our nation" but didn't directly criticize Trump by name and went on to stress the need for the Senate to balance its constitutional duties with working on other urgent business.

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