Trump’s Senate Impeachment Defense Will Be to Put Joe Biden on Trial

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With the latest phase of the House impeachment inquiry having concluded on Thursday, the country appears headed for a full impeachment vote in the House of Representatives followed by immediate proceedings in the Senate. Be prepared, though, for a trial not just of President Donald Trump, but of Joe and Hunter Biden as well.

Every indication after two weeks of hearings before the House Intelligence Committee is that Trump is likely to be impeached for his actions in the Ukraine affair. The main charge—as evidenced by public testimony, emails, texts, and the president’s own call record—is that Trump sought to get the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into one of Trump’s top political rivals, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, as an apparent condition of an Oval Office meeting with Trump and the release of hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid. After moderate Republican Rep. Will Hurd strongly indicated on Thursday that he would not be supporting impeachment, it looks like it will come down to something like a party-line vote in the House. With Democrats controlling that body, an impeachment of Trump seems all but assured. This would move the action to the Senate, perhaps as early as January, where the president will be on trial over whether he should be removed from office and disqualified from running again.


With the latest phase of the House impeachment inquiry having concluded on Thursday, the country appears headed for a full impeachment vote in the House of Representatives followed by immediate proceedings in the Senate. Be prepared, though, for a trial not just of President Donald Trump, but of Joe and Hunter Biden as well.

Every indication after two weeks of hearings before the House Intelligence Committee is that Trump is likely to be impeached for his actions in the Ukraine affair. The main charge—as evidenced by public testimony, emails, texts, and the president’s own call record—is that Trump sought to get the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into one of Trump’s top political rivals, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, as an apparent condition of an Oval Office meeting with Trump and the release of hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid.

After moderate Republican Rep. Will Hurd strongly indicated on Thursday that he would not be supporting impeachment, it looks like it will come down to something like a party-line vote in the House. With Democrats controlling that body, an impeachment of Trump seems all but assured. This would move the action to the Senate, perhaps as early as January, where the president will be on trial over whether he should be removed from office and disqualified from running again.