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Cotton: Senate Lacks Authority to Hold Trump Impeachment Trial After Jan. 20

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Cotton: Senate Lacks Authority to Hold Trump Impeachment Trial After Jan. 20

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Wednesday that the Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump once he leaves office. “The Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president. The Founders designed the impeachment process as a way to remove officeholders from public office—not an inquest against private citizens,” Cotton said in a statement. Cotton said in his statement that he will oppose another Senate impeachment trial after Democrats in the House of Representatives, joined by 10 Republicans, voted earlier to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time in a 232-197 vote. 197 other House Republicans voted against impeachment. The single article of impeachment alleges that the president incited an insurrection that resulted in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The impeachment, accomplished in a single seven-hour session, was the fastest in U.S. history. It is also the first time …

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