Will the impeachment crush Joe Bidens' hopes for 2020?

The Americans have elected the Democrat Joe Biden as the next US President. His predecessor Donald Trump pulled out all the stops to overturn Biden's victory - in vain. Biden has been President since January 20th. All news and developments at a glance:

Impeachment proceedings against Trump begin in the second week of February

Saturday, January 23, 12:45 am: The second impeachment proceedings against former US President Donald Trump are due to begin in the second week of February. This was announced by the Democratic majority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, on Friday (local time). According to US media, the exact start time is planned for February 9th.

The House of Representatives forwarding the charges to the Senate is scheduled for Monday. For Tuesday, the swearing-in of the members of the procedure, which is similar to a court case, said Schumer. To do this, the presiding judge of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, must first be sworn in as head of the impeachment proceedings. He, in turn, has to take the oath from the 100 senators who take the role of jury in the process and make the final decision. From then on, the prosecutors and defense lawyers would have time to work out their positions, Schumer said. The procedure should then begin in the second week of February.

The termination is a compromise between the Democrats and the opposition Republicans. Senate Republican head Mitch McConnell had asked the Democrats to delay the process, which Schumer followed. This is a process and fairness win, said a McConnell spokesman.

Trump's term ended this week - but the process could result in a life ban for him. The Democrats want to hold Trump accountable for his supporters' attack on the US Capitol on January 6th and accuse him of "inciting a riot".

Senate receives indictment on Monday

Friday, January 22nd, 4:30 p.m.: The US Senate is due to receive the indictment in the trial against Donald Trump on Monday for "inciting riot". This was announced by the Democratic majority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer. Submitting the specific charges is the next step in the impeachment proceedings against the former president. Trump's term of office ended this week, but the process could result in a life ban for Trump.

Democrats and Republicans each hold 50 seats in the Senate. A two-thirds majority is required in impeachment proceedings. So far it is unclear whether enough Republicans would vote to condemn Trump.

Republicans don't want impeachment proceedings against Trump until mid-February

Friday, January 22nd, 8 a.m .: The Republicans in the US Senate do not want to begin negotiations on the impeachment of former President Donald Trump until mid-February. The additional lead time should ensure that all parties have enough time to prepare for the trial, said Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday evening (local time). "At a time of high political tension, Senate Republicans believe it is absolutely imperative to go through a half-baked process that would prevent former President Trump from due process or damage the Senate institution or the presidency Avoid, "said McConnell.

The House of Representatives had previously officially initiated impeachment proceedings against Trump. The accusation is "incitement to riot". Trump is thus made jointly responsible for the attack by his supporters on the US Capitol in early January. If Trump were subsequently removed from office, he would be banned for life from holding further public offices. The House of Representatives must now formally forward the indictment to the Senate.

McConnell's schedule is for that to be formally done on January 28th. Then both parties would have a good two weeks until February 13 to submit their respective documents, McConnell said. After that, the real trial in the Senate could begin, which is similar to a trial in court. The Senate Democrats must approve the schedule. House spokeswoman Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the indictment would soon be sent to the Senate. She did not give an exact time.

A delayed start of the impeachment process could also accommodate the new president. Democrat Joe Biden relies on Senate approval for his cabinet and other top personalities. If the Senate were primarily preoccupied with impeaching its predecessor, that could make it difficult for the government to get started.

Biden fires Trump employees

Thursday, January 21, 2:28 p.m .: On the very first day in office, Joe Biden dismisses the first employees that Donald Trump had placed in Washington authorities. Many others, however, continue to worry the new president's team.

Inauguration of Joe Biden as US President

Wednesday January 20th: It's the day Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. President in front of the Capitol and Donald Trump leaves the White House and Washington. You can retrace the entire day in our live ticker:

Analysis, comments, news about Biden's inauguration

Trump wishes Biden success and praises his own work

Tuesday, January 19, 11:36 p.m .: One day before the end of his term in office, US President Donald Trump in a farewell speech to the nation wished success for the future administration of his successor Joe Biden. "This week we are introducing a new government and praying for its success to keep America safe and prosperous," said Trump in a video message from the White House released on Tuesday (local time). "We wish them all the best and we also want them to be lucky." Trump praised his work as president and said to the new administration: "The world respects us again. Please don't lose this respect."

"Together with millions of hard-working patriots in this country, we have built the largest political movement in our country's history," Trump said. "It was about 'America First' because we all wanted to make America great again." He added, "Now that I am preparing to hand over power to a new government on Wednesday lunchtime, I want you to know that the movement we have started is only just beginning."

The Democrat Joe Biden - whom the Republican Trump never mentioned by name in his 20-minute speech - will be sworn in on Wednesday afternoon (local time) in Washington. Trump has announced that he will be staying away from the ceremony. He is the first President since Andrew Johnson in 1869 to fail to attend his successor's inauguration ceremony at the Capitol.

Media: Harris plans to swear in new US Senators on Wednesday

Tuesday, January 19, 9 p.m .: Shortly after the inauguration of the next US President Joe Biden, his Democratic Party will also take control of the US Senate on Wednesday, according to media reports. Vice President Kamala Harris wants to swear in three new senators a few hours after her inauguration, the television stations CBS, CNN and Fox News reported on Tuesday. The Democrats then - just like the Republicans - have 50 seats in the Senate. Harris, however, as Vice President can resolve a stalemate with her vote in favor of the Democrats.

Two of the Democrats' new Senators are Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, who beat Republican incumbents in the Georgia state run-off earlier this month. On Tuesday, the election result was officially confirmed by the Georgia authorities - a requirement for Warnock and Ossoff to be sworn in on Wednesday. The third new Senator is Alex Padilla, who was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom and who will take over the previous Senate seat from Harris.

McConnell accuses Trump of driving the storm on the Capitol

Tuesday, January 19, 7:30 p.m .: The top Republican in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, has publicly blamed the outgoing US President Donald Trump for the forcible storming of the Capitol. "The mob was fed lies," McConnell said Tuesday in the Senate. The rioters were driven by "the President and other powerful people" and tried to use fear and violence to stop a parliamentary process that they did not like. But the congress stood together.

Angry Trump supporters had violently entered the Capitol on January 6th after a provocative speech by the elected president. At the time, Congress had met there to formally confirm the election victory of Trump's successor in office, Joe Biden. The unprecedented outbreak of violence caused horror.

The Democrats made Trump personally responsible for the attack and initiated impeachment proceedings against him in the House of Representatives, supported by several Republicans. Trump now has to answer in the Senate for "inciting a riot". In the chamber, the Democrats would have to win at least 17 Republicans on their side to ultimately condemn Trump.

McConnell has a key role to play because of his influential position. US media reported that McConnell had said internally that he was undecided how he would vote. If the powerful front man would vote the Republican in the Senate to condemn Trump, some party colleagues are likely to follow suit. Then Trump could actually face conviction.

This Wednesday, the Democrat Joe Biden is to be sworn in as President. McConnell will attend a service with Biden beforehand. The common prayer shortly before Biden's inauguration was an "important and symbolic gesture of unity," said Democratic Senator Chris Coons, a close confidante of Biden, on CNN on Tuesday.

Trump wants to pronounce more than 100 pardons

Monday, January 18, 5:40 am: US President Donald Trump reportedly wants to pardon dozens of Americans before he leaves office on Wednesday - but probably not himself and his family. Trump met with advisors on Sunday (local time) to compile a list of more than 100 people who should either be pardoned or their sentences reduced, CNN and the Reuters news agency reported, citing insiders. The names could then be announced on Tuesday, Trump's last full day in the presidency.

Trump has exercised the right to pardon several times during his presidency. For example, he granted full remission to his former 2016 campaign advisor, George Papadopoulos. He pleaded guilty to lying to FBI officials about his contacts with leading Russian officials.

In his private life, Trump has also debated with advisors whether he should take the extraordinary step of issuing a pardon for himself. Advisors warned that this could be interpreted as an admission of guilt, the insider said. Legal experts also consider such a step unconstitutional. A self-pardon would violate the basic principle that no one should be a judge in their own case. With the inauguration of his successor Joe Biden on Wednesday, Trump will lose his immunity. He can then be tried in the ordinary courts. He faces several legal proceedings - for example because of the possible call to storm the Capitol by his supporters or because of allegations of tax offenses.

Biden is planning first political decisions

Sunday, January 17th, 5:00 a.m .: The future US President Joe Biden wants to implement important political projects by decree on the day he takes office. Biden will issue around a dozen of these executive orders right at the start, announced his future chief of staff, Ron Klain. With this, Biden would also reverse a number of decisions made by his predecessor Donald Trump.

These included the re-entry into the Paris Climate Agreement and the lifting of an entry ban for several Muslim-majority countries. The deadline for repaying student loans should also be extended, as well as the stop of evictions and foreclosure sales of apartments. In addition, in view of the corona pandemic, a mask requirement should be waived when traveling between the states. Most of the measures do not require the approval of Congress. Trump, too, had implemented his policy with numerous "executive orders".

Biden also wants to present a long awaited proposal on immigration. This is intended to give millions of immigrants without valid papers a route to citizenship. Here Biden has to find a majority in Congress. Although this is barely controlled by the Democrats, observers believe that the plan will be difficult to implement.

Biden will implement further election promises in the first few days of office, as Klain announced. These include expanding the Covid-19 tests and instructing government agencies to give preference to the purchase of goods of American origin. "President-elect Biden takes over the presidency at a moment of profound crisis for our nation," said Klain. During the election campaign, he promised to take immediate action "to tackle these crises".

Armed suspect arrested in Washington

Saturday, January 16, 11:30 pm: A few days before Joe Biden's inauguration, an armed suspect was arrested in Washington. The man from the state of Virginia drove to a police checkpoint not far from the US Capitol on Friday evening, according to a police report that is available to the dpa. Accordingly, he had a loaded pistol and 500 rounds of ammunition with him. The police also seized shotgun ammunition. The arrest was made, among other things, because neither the firearm nor the ammunition was registered. In addition, the 31-year-old has no gun license, said a police spokeswoman. The news channel CNN reported that the man had produced a fake access authorization for the swearing-in ceremony this Wednesday. The police only spoke of an ID that was not issued by a government agency.

After the storming of the US Capitol by supporters of the elected President Donald Trump on January 6, with several deaths, there is great concern about further acts of violence surrounding Biden's swearing-in. In the center of the capital, where the White House and Capitol are located, as well as a large open space with various landmarks, drastic security measures have been taken. Metal fences and concrete barricades were erected next to police checkpoints. Thousands of members of the National Guard - part of the US Army Reserve - have been deployed to protect the Congress seat.

Trump leaves Washington the morning before Biden's swearing-in, Pence congratulates Harris

Saturday, January 16, 7 a.m .: According to media reports, the outgoing US President Donald Trump wants to leave the capital Washington on the morning of his successor Joe Biden's inauguration. Several US media outlets, including the Washington Post