Trump impeachment after leaving office is nothing – in 9th-century Rome they put a pope’s corpse on trial

Frederik Pedersen* (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

Having been impeached for the second time, former US president Donald Trump will be tried by the Senate in February 2021, the first time a US president has been impeached twice for “high crimes and misdemeanours”. A single article of impeachment will be passed to the Senate on January 25, accusing Trump of “inciting insurrection” before his supporters attacked the US Capitol building on January 6. Formal arguments will begin in the Senate in the second week of February.

But a media campaign is already well underway, as supporters of the former president – and his political enemies – take to the airwaves to put their case. Prominent among Trump’s defenders has been senior Republican senator, Lindsey Graham, who told Fox News host Sean Hannity that if Trump were to be convicted by the Senate after he leaves office, it would open the door for past presidents to be impeached.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Impeachment
  • Donald Trump
  • Medieval history
  • Donald Trump impeachment
  • Papacy
  • Early Christianity

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