Political science experts say President Trump’s impeachment is a unique chapter in American History
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump is now the first president in United States history to be impeached twice. The article of impeachment that was voted on was inciting the insurrection during last week’s attack on the capitol. Now the decision of whether to remove President Trump from office lays in the hands of the Senate.
It’s not yet entirely clear when that Senate trial will happen. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he will not bring senators back until January 19th at the earliest. Delaware State University professor of political science Dr. Hoff says the impeachment trial could disrupt President-Elect Joe Biden’s first days in office if it doesn’t happen before his inauguration. “We have to bring up the words of the President-Elect himself, who said that the Senate could deal with both at the same time. However, we would also say that regardless of whether the Senate could multi-task, it still would interfere,” said Dr. Hoff.
Dr. Hoff says impeaching a president who only has about a week left in office is a unique situation. The impeachment process against former President Richard Nixon began in 1973, when he only had two and a half years left in office. Dr. Hoff adds that former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment process began when he had two years left, and former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s impeachment process started with one year left in his term.