The Senate trial of former president Donald Trump is set to begin on Tuesday with a debate and vote on the constitutionality of his second impeachment trial.
House managers and the ex-president’s lawyers will take up to four equally divided hours to make the case for or against the constitutionality of Trump’s second impeachment, followed by a Senate vote that is anticipated to pass, according to reports.
On Monday, lawyers for both sides submitted pre-trial briefs ahead of this week’s proceedings regarding the former president’s role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol building.
The Senate is unlikely to achieve the two-thirds majority vote required to convict the former president, according to multiple reports.
The House voted on January 13 to impeach former President Trump.
Last week, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the lead impeachment manager, told House Democrats that former President Donald Trump’s legal filing responding to the House’s impeachment amounted to “absurd constitutional arguments being offered by the President,” according to reports.
Trump’s lawyers argued that it was unconstitutional for the Senate to hold an impeachment trial for a former president.
In a letter, Trump’s legal team said, “The use of our Constitution to bring purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games.”