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Impeachment is a political process not a criminal one. Members of congress are generally immune from anything they say or do while acting in official capacity. Nonmembers that testify under oath could in theory be tried for perjury, but that is at the discretion of the executive branch. Congress's enforcement powers are limited to removal of office, or ...


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Lies before Congress, including in an impeachment trial, can be penalized. In a trial of an impeachment in the US Senate, any witnesses give their testimony under oath, and are subject to the same potential penalties for perjury as any witness in any ordinary trial or other court proceeding. However, the case managers from the house (who are in effect the ...


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Due process means (put simply) that the government will not punish a citizen for a crime unless it has been demonstrated — within a prescribed set of legal procedures — that the crime was committed by the person in question. Usually this means things like avoiding unnecessary delays, ensuring proper counsel, preventing expropriation of money or property, and ...


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First off, he's making a political statement, not a statement of legal fact. As a matter of professionalism he'll aggressively advocate for the interests of his client, and this can often result in public claims that various sacred rights have been trampled, even if on a technical, legal level this is total bullshit and he knows it. That said, as to the ...


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Do senators have to attend an impeachment trial in order to be allowed to vote on the verdict? No. There are only a few cases where Senators need be present. For the oath or affirmation – required of those who will vote on the articles of impeachment. Article I, Section 3, Clause 6 (See, Excused from Participation in Trial ..., below.) Whenever there is a ...


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The precise wording in the Constitution (with emphasis added) is: The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two thirds of the ...


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Why hasn't the Senate yet passed an organizing resolution for the 117th Congress? There was a disagreement over how to structure Senate rules. See, S.Res.27, listed below. As reported by CNBC, The New York Democrat came to a deal with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on how to share power in a Senate split 50-50. The two wrangled for weeks over how ...


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The difference difference between a 51 seat majority and a 50 seat + VP “majority” is one senator, with everything that hinges on that.


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