A former federal judge says that any plans to hold President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office would be unconstitutional.
Michael Luttig, a former judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Tuesday arguing that holding Trump’s impeachment trial after he is already out of office is unconstitutional.
The House appears set to pass an article of impeachment against Trump to send to the Senate for trial. The Senate is not scheduled to be back in session until Jan. 19, a day before Biden will be sworn into office, leaving very little time for the Senate to hold a trial on the articles and vote on removing Trump from office before his term ends.
“It appears that even if the House of Representatives impeaches President Trump this week, the Senate trial on that impeachment will not begin until after Trump has