Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced that today the U.S. Senate has begun the impeachment trial process for Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana. The Leaders have established a bipartisan committee to gather evidence in the Senate’s impeachment trial. Today the Senate received the Articles of Impeachment from the House of Representatives, which voted to impeach Judge Porteous last week.
“In the Senate, we have a constitutional duty to hold a trial of impeachment when necessary and we take that responsibility seriously,” said Senator Reid. “Our bipartisan committee will carry out that duty consistent with our past practices and I am confident that they will lead this process fairly, conscientiously and with all due speed.”
Members of the Committee:
Senator Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, Chair
Senator Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, of Rhode Island
Senator Tom Udall, of New Mexico
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire
Senator Ted Kaufman, of Delaware
Senator Orrin Hatch, of Utah, Vice Chair
Senator John Barrasso, of Wyoming
Senator Jim DeMint, of South Carolina
Senator Mike Johanns, of Nebraska
Senator James E. Risch, of Idaho
Senator Roger Wicker, of Mississippi
After the impeachment committee has concluded its work, it will produce a record of its proceedings and a neutral summary of the evidence for the full Senate to review. The Senate will then hold additional trial proceedings, following which a vote will be held requiring two-thirds of the Senators present to convict the judge on an article of impeachment. If the Judge is convicted on any of the four articles of impeachment, he will automatically be removed from office.