Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo discussed second impeachment trial of Donald Trump
The trial will begin Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET with a Senate debate and vote on whether it's constitutionally permissible to prosecute Trump since he is no longer in office. Under an agreement between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican leader Mitch McConnell, four hours will be divided evenly between the impeachment managers and Trump's counsel to present arguments regarding the constitutionality of the trial — followed by a vote.
The opening arguments would then begin at noon Wednesday, with up to 16 hours per side for presentations. Equal time will then be provided for the senators’ questions, closing arguments and deliberations.
Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, interviewed with FOX 32 Chicago on Monday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 9, where he discussed how this trial might play out.
“They’re going to have a short discussion tomorrow about the constitutionality of having a trial for a president whose no longer in office and then arguments in earnest on the merits,” said Dr. Caliendo. “Sixteen hours allocated for each side to start on Thursday morning. So you know, within that time, we don't know for sure if we're going to get witnesses. The Democrats who are bringing the case, the impeachment case from the House will have an option to ask for a vote on whether there should be witnesses. And they have not tipped their hand whether or not they'll be seeking that or not, and it's not even clear if they have decided whether they want have witnesses yet or not; so, we'll have to see how that plays out.”