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Opening Trial Statement on Constitutionality

Storming the Capitol

Rep. Jamie Raskin, serving as the lead House impeachment manager, opened his argument with a video showing the events of the Capitol riot to help argue that the proceeding is constitutional. 

Impeachment Managers: Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and former professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law. Eight others are on the team.

Presiding Officer: Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Chief Justice John Roberts oversaw Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial. The Constitution requires the chief justice of the U.S. to preside over impeachment trials of sitting presidents. But the law is silent on who presides over the trial of a former president, and the chief justice declined to participate in this one, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), who said that Mr. Leahy was next in line for the role as president pro tempore of the Senate.

The Jury: All 100 senators, including Mr. Leahy, will act as the jury in the case. Sixty-seven votes are required for a conviction.

Trump Lawyers: Bruce L. Castor, Jr, a former district attorney in Montgomery County, Pa.;  David Schoen, a longtime advisor; Michael T. van der Veen, the founder of a personal injury and criminal defense law firm in Pennsylvania where Mr. Castor also works.

The above are excerpts from Who's Who in the Trial

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Where is this Headed?

Likely nowhere. I thought there was a decent chance of conviction but I believe I thought wrong.

Many Republicans are purposefully in denial of the legality of this clearly constitutional procedure.

Others are still beholden to Trump, wanting to carry the Trump banner in 2024. 

Trump Dominance is Over

Regardless, the Trump era is over. As noted Liz Cheney Marks a Welcome New Chapter in the Trump Era

Also, Senator Ben Sasse has me cheering. He delivered a scathing attack on the Nebraska GOP Central Committe.

For discussion and a must play video that went viral, please see Senator Ben Sasse Has Me Cheering. Please Listen Why.

While many Republicans want to hide behind a rock, some are willing to speak out. 

And Trump's legal nightmare over tax fraud is about to begin. He pledged to "return in some way" and will, but it will be a lesser way. 

All he can do now is make a mess of the party and a fool of himself if he tries a 2024 comeback.