I have a job…We have already lost over 450,000 people and we could lose a whole lot more if we don’t act and act decisively. A lot of people, as I have said before, children are going to bed hungry. A lot of families are food insecure. They are in trouble. That’s my job,” the US President further said
Washington [US], February 10: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that he has no plans to watch former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, adding that he has a job to do of assisting people who are affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.
“I am not,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office when asked if he will watch the trial at the start of a meeting with business leaders
“I have a job…We have already lost over 450,000 people and we could lose a whole lot more if we don’t act and act decisively. A lot of people, as I have said before, children are going to bed hungry. A lot of families are food insecure. They are in trouble. That’s my job,” the US President further said.
Trump’s second impeachment trial has officially begun in the Senate, deliberating on his role in inciting the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6. He is the only president in US history to be impeached twice.
Biden added that the Senate has their job and will conduct themselves well.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said,
“Joe Biden is the president, he’s not a pundit. He’s not going to opine on the back-and-forth arguments, nor is he watching them, that are taking place in the Senate.”
“…Our focus and the president’s focus is on putting people back to work, getting the pandemic under control, and that means we’re not going to weigh in on every question about the impeachment trial and we don’t feel it’s necessary or our role to do that,” she added as reported by the Hill.
Moreover, the nine Democratic impeachment managers will introduce previously unseen video evidence of the January 6 riots at the US Capitol in this week’s Senate trial, sources close to the Democrats’ managers told reporters , reported The Hill about their strategy for convincing senators to convict former President Trump for inciting a deadly insurrection at the Capitol last month.
“We plan to be succinct and to the point and non-repetitive. The attack happened in plain sight. There is compelling, overwhelming evidence. It’s on video and elsewhere… We plan to fully utilize all the evidence available in all the forums, including evidence that nobody has seen before,” said one of the senior aides to the managers, according to The Hill.
A majority of US senators said the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is constitutional, despite calls from some Republicans to dismiss proceedings, reported CNN.
A simple majority was needed to determine the constitutional validity of the trial. The question was passed 56-44.
Six GOP senators voted with Democrats, establishing that the impeachment trial is constitutional. One of them, Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, was the only GOP senator to change his vote on the constitutionality of Trump’s impeachment.
Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the lead impeachment manager, opened his presentation with a video showing disturbing footage of how protesters overran police and ransacked the Capitol, CNN reported.
On January 13, the House of Representatives voted 232-197 approving a single article of impeachment that accused Trump of “inciting violence against the government of the United States” in an attempt to stop Congress from verifying President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election. The article of impeachment also asked that he be disqualified from holding any public office again.