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(How it will happen and what it will mean)

This week, the Senate of the US Congress is due to begin the trial of former US President Donald Trump. The main thing in this process is that the upper house will judge the ordinary citizen, since Trump has already left the top government post. Strictly speaking, this is a legal conflict, but the senators decided to consider the case anyway.

The verdict delivered in this court will have the same effect as the verdict of the ordinary court. If guilty, then the only question is the severity of the punishment. Let me remind you that Donald Trump is charged with one criminal act - incitement to rebellion.

So it is the trial, not the hearing, that will take place in the Senate. The accusation will be supported by representatives of the House of Representatives. They are called managers. Their rights and responsibilities are about the same as those of prosecutors in a regular court. The accused Trump will be defended by his personal lawyers, the lawyers he has hired for this purpose.

After the end of the trial (hearing of witnesses, examination of documentary, material, photo and video evidence, debate of the parties), the final vote will take place. Senators will serve on the jury. A two-thirds majority of the members of the upper house are required for conviction.

But then the hardest part begins. Typically, a senior (chief) judge of the US Supreme Court presides over presidents in the Senate. He acts in much the same way as a judge in a regular trial. However, Senior Judge of the US Armed Forces Roberts refused to be the central figure in the process precisely because of a legal conflict related to the fact that Trump is no longer president.

The rather dubious decision has been made (as has been much in this trial) that Senator Patrick Leah (a Democrat from Vermont), who serves as the ceremonial head of the Senate as the main veteran of the majority party, will preside over it. Chairmanship of the ceremonial head of the upper house (the real head is the vice president, but he is present at Senate meetings only on special occasions) is, in principle, a common thing when a high-ranking federal employee is tried in the Senate, but not the president. For example (this happened most often), a judge of the US Armed Forces, impeached.

The Supreme Court may still have to step in if Trump is convicted. The former president's lawyers may go to court, arguing that the Senate court itself was unconstitutional.

Trump's acquittal (enough for 34 senators to vote against his conviction) would mean acquittal of the indictment. Politically, this will be a victory for Trump and his associates. And the fact that 34 senators will speak in his defense is very likely. Therefore, the Democrats suggest, if justified, try to push through a "soft" resolution condemning the actions of the 45th US President. Such a condemning resolution, as a rule, includes a clause on the impossibility for the defendant to be elected to high political posts. The "beauty" of such a decision for Democrats is that it can be achieved with a simple majority.

As it became known last week, Donald Trump will not testify (speak) at the Senate trial.

The media of the "free world" have already delivered their verdict. The main narrative of the mainstream liberal media this week will be "Trump is undoubtedly guilty, but the political alignment gave him the opportunity to evade responsibility. Therefore, public condemnation is necessary so that never ..."

The process that begins in the Senate of the US Congress will become a terrible disgrace of the "city on a hill", which the Western media, burying themselves and the very idea of the Western image of the world, will call "the triumph of democracy." Europeans, of course, will applaud.

When the trial is over, a new phase of the cultural war will begin, in which the whole world will be drawn. And any appeal to democracy and the rule of law will finally become just rhetoric. Another point of view will become a hostile point of view. Symmetrical. Alas.