According to Rita, Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican member of the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress, said on the 17th that after the departure of current President Trump, the U.S. Constitution stipulates that the Senate does not have the power to remove him from office under impeachment proceedings.
In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Graham said, “The constitutional plain text that clarifies the constitutional power of Congress under the framework of impeachment, and the clear purpose of the impeachment process clearly shows that the U.S. Congress has no constitutional power to impeach the president after leaving office. “
He noted that “the impeachment of the president’s power is to protect the country from the harm that the current president may cause to the country when he continues to take power, not to retaliate against political dissatisfaction.”
Earlier, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate’s impeachment process for Trump could not be completed before President-elect Biden took office on January 20.
Meanwhile, Schumer had previously said that if the Senate approves the impeachment of Trump, the Senate will also vote on banning Trump from holding public office.
Earlier, on the 13th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the impeachment clause against President Trump by a vote of 232 to 197, accusing him of “sedition”. Now, as part of the impeachment proceedings, the charges against the president will be submitted to the U.S. Senate.
When the Senate hears the impeachment case, all senators will actually constitute a jury, and to recall the president, it will require at least two-thirds of the senators (67 votes) to dismiss the president.
This is not the first time that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to pass the impeachment clause.
The impeachment process launched in 2019 failed because the impeachment clause was not passed when the U.S. Senate voted on Trump’s impeachment bill in early 2020 and Trump was acquitted.