Senate proceeds with trial, six Republicans aspect with Dems

Washington, February 10

Six Republican Senators joined their Democratic colleagues in the US Senate on Tuesday to vote that the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is constitutional.

Democrats begin formally making their case on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump should be convicted for inciting the US Capitol siege, a day after a divided Senate concluded his impeachment trial could proceed even though Trump has already left office.

The House of Representatives has charged Trump with inciting an insurrection after he delivered a fiery speech on January 6 exhorting thousands of supporters to march on the US Capitol, where members of Congress were gathered to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. In an assault that stunned the world, rioters stormed the building in a futile effort to stop Biden’s win, sending lawmakers into hiding and leaving five people dead, including a police officer.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted largely along party lines that the impeachment trial could move ahead. To impeach Trump, the Senate needs 67 votes. Democrats need the support of at least another 11 Republicans to do that. Given the current situation that seems to be unlikely, political analysts said. Trump’s lawyers argued that his rhetoric, including repeated false claims that the election was stolen, is protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and that the individuals who breached the Capitol, were responsible for the violence. — Agencies

Warren hastings’ trial invoked

Prosecutors invoked the trial of Warren Hastings, the first British Governor-General of India, to rebut Trump’s stand that the trial was unconstitutional as he was no longer in power. Hastings faced impeachment proceedings in 1788 after he left office for “mistreatment” of natives and corruption while in India. PTI

Tanden to be budget director

Political consultant Neera Tanden has been nominated by Biden as budget director. She attributed her success to the grit and resilience of her mother. If confirmed, she will be the first Indian-American to lead the Office of Management and Budget. PTI

US hails India’s Pacific role

Describing India as one of the most important partners of the US in the Indo-Pacific region, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price has said it welcomes India’s emergence as a leading global power and its role as a net security provider in the region. PTI

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