As the country moves forward with a new president, some things aren't staying in the past.
What do you mean?
It's been less than a week since President Joe Biden took the oath of office. In that time, he's signed dozens of executive actions including on COVID-19, immigration, climate change, and the economy. But while he's got more on the docket, remnants of the Trump admin have yet to be resolved:
The election… For months, then-President Trump and his legal team tried to overturn the election results by claiming there'd been evidence of widespread voter fraud (there wasn't). But their efforts didn't stop at lawsuits (at least 60 of them), recounts, and pressuring state officials. Now, we're learning that Trump also reportedly pressured the Justice Dept to back Trump's election-related lawsuits in an effort to overturn Biden's win. And considered firing then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to replace him with someone (hi, Jeffrey Clark) who'd help him overturn the results. After Justice Dept officials reportedly threatened to quit if Rosen got the boot, Trump apparently dropped the idea. And Clark said 'never happened.' Now, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is calling for an investigation, saying it was an "attempted sedition."
Impeachment… Nearly two weeks ago, the House voted to impeach Trump for "incitement of insurrection" after the Capitol siege. Today, that article of impeachment is headed to the Senate. Senators will be sworn in as jurors tomorrow, and the trial is expected to start the week of Feb 8. A two-thirds majority will be needed to convict the former president (think: at least 17 Republican senators need to join all 50 Dems). But some aren't convinced Trump's speech met the criteria for "incitement." Others are questioning whether it's constitutional since Trump is already out of office. Meanwhile, Biden's admin is trying to get its Cabinet ready and confirmed before the trial.
How's that going?
It's going. Last week, the Senate confirmed two Cabinet members: Avril Haines as director of national intelligence and former US Army four-star General Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Austin is the first Black Pentagon chief and he's hit the ground running. For his first directive, he's given military leadership two weeks to hand over a review of their sexual assault prevention programs. Important, since an estimated 20,000 military women experienced "unwanted sexual contact" in 2018. Two of Biden's other Cabinet picks (for Energy and Veterans Affairs) have their confirmation hearings this week.
As the US's new president onboards his Cabinet to tackle the issues the country's facing, the former president's last days are still top of mind. And the Senate appears to be caught in the middle.