“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government,” Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin read the article of impeachment on the Senate floor.
“[Trump] threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transfer of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government.”
“He thereby betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the people of the United States, wherefore, Donald John Trump has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law,” the article adds.
The impeachment proceedings came as a result of an agreement between the Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Both Democrat and Republican teams will have two weeks to craft their legal arguments and present them during the trial which starts on February 9. To convict Trump, at least two-thirds of the Senate should vote in favor of the article of impeachment.
We need truth and accountability for Donald Trump’s actions. His impeachment trial will move forward in the United States Senate. pic.twitter.com/OvL3AubheB
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 26, 2021