Congressional Staff Pleads With Senate To Convict Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial starts in just a few days. Congressional staff have written a letter to beg for a conviction.

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Several Republican senators have already opposed the proceedings entirely, and if a significant portion of the GOP won’t support it, there can be no conviction in the Senate. NBC reported just over a week ago that 45 Republicans voted against even holding a trial, arguing that it is unconstitutional. Some of these, however, have claimed this doesn’t mean they won’t vote to convict.

On January 6th, these same senators were rushed to safety as an angry mob entered the building. If they’ve forgotten and moved on, their staff has not.

Hundreds of Congressional staff members have signed an open letter, published on Medium, pleading with the Senate to take this seriously and convict Donald Trump.

While members in the Senate and House Chambers were moved to a secure location, these staffers say they were left to hide in offices, behind desks and under chairs. Their lives were placed in danger in an attack they describe as “inspired by lies told by the former president and others about the results of the election in a baseless, months-long effort to reject votes lawfully cast by the American people.”

If every Democrat in the Senate votes for conviction, they’ll need 17 Republican senators to join them in order to convict. Then the decision to forbid Trump from holding office again would be a separate vote.

The signers ask that the Senate respect their experience and protect staffers and the nation by making a strong move and convict the ex-president.

“As Congressional employees, we don’t have a vote on whether to convict Donald J. Trump for his role in inciting the violent attack at the Capitol, but our Senators do. And for our sake, and the sake of the country, we ask that they vote to convict the former president and bar him from ever holding office again.”

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