FEBRUARY 9, 2021 BY SCOTT JOHNSON POWERLINE

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?

(Former) President Trump left office in due course, yet the Senate is set to take up his second impeachment trial this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). The first item on the trial schedule is debate over the constitutionality of trial of a former president. Byron York reviewed the issue of constitutionality in his Daily Memo yesterday. The correct answer is “no.”

After the arguments, the Senate will vote on whether it has the jurisdiction to try a former president. The threshold to pass is a simple majority of 51 votes. The number of Republican Senators who vote that the trial is unconstitutional will presage Trump’s acquittal at the end of this “travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of two mockeries of a sham,” to borrow the formulation of Fielding Mellish in Woody Allen’s Bananas. read more (used with permission)