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Biden: Trump Impeachment Trial Must Happen, Former President Likely Won’t Be Convicted

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Biden: Trump Impeachment Trial Must Happen, Former President Likely Won’t Be Convicted

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President Joe Biden on Monday said he feels an impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump “has to happen.” But, acknowledging the high threshold required for conviction, he added that he doesn’t believe Trump will be convicted. “The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn’t changed that much,” Biden said, adding that a trial will have a negative impact on his agenda and nominees but that there would be “a worse effect if it didn’t happen.” The president was speaking to CNN. Democrats hold 50 seats in the Senate. Even if all 50 were to vote to convict Trump, they’d need 17 Republicans to cross the aisle. Fifteen Republican senators have expressed an openness to convicting Trump or didn’t rule it out, according to an Epoch Times tally, while 29 have voiced opposition to even holding a trial, primarily because Trump is no longer in office. The …

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