Political and security preparations continue in Washington for the trial of former President Donald Trump, accused of being involved in the storming of Congress, which left dead and wounded and caused chaos in the capital of the most powerful country in the world.
Amid the continued military presence in Washington for fear of attacks, Democrats asserted that the prosecution is in possession of a complete file on the storming of Congress. Republicans also confirmed their rejection of the trial and waved revenge, and those around Trump revealed political plans that he is working on to face his trial.
Democratic Representative Madeline Dean has refused to reveal the prosecution team’s strategy in Trump’s Senate trial.
She said in an interview with “CNN” (CNN) that the prosecution will present a comprehensive case for the storming of Congress.
The leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, stressed that Trump’s trial will be relatively fast, “and everyone wants us to end this page of American history.”
It is expected that Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will send to the Senate in the coming hours the indictment that was approved in the House of Representatives, and hold Trump responsible for inciting the storming of the Capitol on January 6, which left 5 people dead.
For his part, Republican Senator Mitt Romney said that the procedures for trying Trump after leaving office are constitutional, stressing in an interview with “CNN” that what Trump did and his incitement to violence required trial procedures, indicating that the indictment against him is very serious.
“What is being claimed and what we have seen is incitement to disobedience, which is a crime that deserves trial. Otherwise, what is that?”
While a prominent Republican member of the US Senate warned – yesterday, Saturday – that Trump’s trial in the House for a second time could lead to the trial of former Democratic presidents, if the Republicans regain control of the House after two years.
“If questioning and trying former presidents is a good idea, then what about former Democratic presidents when Republicans regain the majority in 2022? Think about it and let’s do what is in the interest of the country,” Senator John Cornyn said in a tweet to Schumer.
“We think it is a stupid trial and it will backfire,” a prominent Republican Senator and Intelligence Committee member, Marco Rubio, told the “Fox News Sunday” program.
But he admitted that Trump, who urged thousands of his supporters to go to the Congress building to protest against the endorsement of Biden’s victory, “bears some responsibility for what happened.”
Other Republicans have indicated that the Senate does not have the power to prosecute a private citizen as Trump is now.
Senator Mike Rounds told NBC’s “Face the Press” program that the constitution does not allow a former president to be tried.
“There are other things that we would prefer to work on,” he added, including the endorsement of more Biden candidates for the government.
Biden is distancing himself
The Democrats currently hold a slight majority in the House and Senate in the US Congress.
The Biden administration is trying to distance itself from the merits of the trial. White House chief of staff Ron Klein said that Biden is busy running the country and dealing with crises.
In response to a question about how he would prefer Trump’s trial to proceed, Klein replied that Biden is busy practicing his job, which is running the country, as he is not a member of the Senate, and he will not vote in the trial in Congress, so his focus is on the presidency, not on the job he previously held.
The Washington Post quoted a number of people around Trump, who refused to reveal their identities, that Trump told people that his threat to create a new party would give him influence to prevent Republican senators from voting for his conviction during the Senate trial.
Trump advisers say they plan to enlist the main Republican and polling station candidates.
According to the circle around Trump, he has more than $ 70 million in cash in his campaign to finance his political efforts.
The newspaper says that the possibility of a contentious battle threatens to widen the division within the Republican Party, and raises the concern of leaders in Washington who were publicly demanding to avoid any new round of internal retaliation.
On the security side, CNN quoted Pentagon officials that the National Guard will remain until next March, in anticipation of possible disturbances during Trump’s trial and US President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech in Congress.