U.S. President Joe Biden says he will not watch the impeachment trial launched Tuesday against his predecessor Donald Trump, saying he is focused on the economic and health crisis unleashed by the covid- 19 pandemic.
“I’m not going to see it,” Biden told reporters at the White House during a meeting with his Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and business leaders to discuss his fiscal stimulus plan.
Biden has presented a $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus plan, which includes direct cash transfers to citizens, aid to businesses and special funds for reopening schools and accelerating the distribution of vaccines.
Business leaders present at the meeting included Jamie Dimon, CEO of investment bank JPMorgan; Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, the world’s largest supermarket chain; and Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
This Tuesday began the second impeachment trial against Trump, the first US president subjected to such a process twice and the first to face an “impeachment” after leaving power, since he left the White House last January 20.
Trump is accused of “incitement to insurrection” for the assault on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters on January 6, which left five dead.
His defense bases its arguments on freedom of speech and what it considers unconstitutionality of the process, while insisting on the unproven accusations of the former president that there was electoral fraud in the November elections, which he lost to Biden.
Despite the expectation generated, it is unlikely that this second “impeachment”, as the impeachment trial is called in English, will result in his conviction, since it would require a minimum of 67 votes (two thirds of the Senate), and the Democrats only control 50 seats in the chamber.