Kamala Harris may preside over Trump trial: A twist in the fate?

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Is Kamala Harris in for the twisting? At a time he was riding high politically in 2020, US President Donald Trump, unchallenged in the Republican Party and sole candidate for a second White House term, taunted Kamla Harris for dropping out of the Democratic nomination race, with a snarky “We will miss you!” tweet. Harris shot back, “Don’t’ worry, Mr. President. I will see you at your trial.”

Well, turns out the wheel of karma could stop exactly there. Following Trump’s impeachment in the US House of Representatives, the indictment will now be sent to US Senate which has the power to hold a trial and convict the President.

Since Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said he will allow the matter to come before the Senate only after Trump demits office on January 20, he will be facilitating Kamala Harris, who would have been sworn in as vice-president, presiding over a Senate deadlocked at 50-50 when two newly-elected Democrats from Georgia are sworn in.

Although precedent calls for the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court; to preside over the trial, some analysts are saying the vice-president, as the constitutionally designated President of the Senate, could also be in the chair. Even otherwise, she will have a tie-breaking vote in a chamber locked at 50-50.

The current Chief Justice John Roberts, although a conservative, is distrusted by Trump and his MAGA flock after a series of ruling in the apex court where he went with the liberal justices. But Harris presiding over the trial will be an even more fearsome prospect.

During Trump’s first impeachment trial she had famously said, “When the framers wrote the Constitution, they didn’t think someone like me would serve as a United State Senator. But, they did envision someone like Donald Trump being President of the United States.”

Next only Kamala Harris, the star of the Senate show; will be Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who will hold Trump’s fate in his hands. For four years a Trump surrogate in the Senate, McConnell has now turned against; the defeated Presidency and indicated he may consider voting to convict Trump.

He told the Senate flock that he leads, “While the press has been full of speculations, I have not made a final decision; on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”

To convict Trump, 17 of the 50 Republicans in the new Senate; would have to join the 50 Democrats to meet the necessary two-thirds threshold. But some analysts have pointed out that outcome depends on those “present and voting,” so if several; Republicans absent themselves, Trump will be toast. As things stand, at least five Republican Senators; are expected to vote to convict Trump if the matter comes to the Senate. Ten Republican Congressmen voted to impeach him in the House.

While McConnell will lose his Senate Majority Leader; status after January 20 when the new Democrat Senators are sworn in, and will therefore not have the privilege of patronage; that he currently wields, Trump will continue to be relevant depending on the support he will have from his base.

 

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