Representatives of the lower house of Congress passed to the Senate a resolution of impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
Congressmen proceeded from the House of Representatives to another wing of the Capitol, where the Senate sits. Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin read the full text of the resolution. Thus, the process to impeach Trump formally began in the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress. As agreed by the parties, the impeachment hearings in the Senate will begin on February 8.
Earlier, the Associated Press reported that a growing number of Republicans oppose the Senate process to impeach Trump. An impeachment resolution requires the votes of two-thirds of the members of the upper chamber of Congress, that is 67 senators out of 100. To do so, 17 single-party senators must vote against Trump. However, according to the agency, there are significantly fewer supporters of impeachment among Republican senators at the moment.
On January 14, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump in the wake of the recent unrest in Washington. The vote was the second attempt to remove the politician from office. He became the first U.S. president to be impeached for the second time, especially after he resigned.
Democrats motivated their decision to impeach Trump by, among other things, the fact that he would not be able to run for president once the process is over. This is the first time that an attempt to remove a state leader from office after the end of his presidential term has been attempted in the United States.