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Impeachment article to be sent to Senate Monday



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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate on Monday, triggering the second-ever impeachment trial for the former commander-in-chief for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot that left five people dead.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made the announcement on the Senate floor Friday, saying that Pelosi had told him the single impeachment article for “incitement of insurrection” will be sent to the upper congressional chamber Monday.

“It will be a full trial; it will be a fair trial,” Schumer said.

The new Senate majority leader did not provide any details as to how the trial will be conducted. Meanwhile, the leaders of both political parties have yet to finalize a schedule for the process.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach then-President Trump, alleging that he incited a violent mob of his most extreme supporters that stormed the U.S. Capitol on the same day Congress was tallying the states’ Electoral College votes and certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

All House Democrats and 10 Republicans approved the single article.

Trump is now the only president in U.S. history to be impeached more than once, and he will become the first to receive a Senate impeachment trial after leaving office.

In order to convict Trump, 17 Republican senators will need join forces with all 50 Senate Democrats to reach a two-thirds supermajority.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap



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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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