House Democratic impeachment managers have delivered to the Senate a single, hastily passed article of impeachment against former President Trump. A trial is set to begin Feb. 9. It will be an event without precedent — the first time in U.S. history that a former president will be tried in a court of impeachment.
Several Republicans are arguing that a trial would be unconstitutional, that a former president cannot be tried. After all, they say, impeachment is the Constitution’s method for removing a president who has been found guilty of serious misconduct. But Trump can’t be removed. He’s already gone, having served out his term that ended Jan. 20.