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H.Res. 744 (116th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Senate should amend its rules to require a sitting United States Senator actively seeking election to the Presidency of the United States to recuse himself or herself from the impeachment trial of an incumbent President of the United States who is serving his or her first term in office.

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Should Democratic presidential candidates have to withdraw from President Trump’s imminent Senate trial?


After the House impeached President Trump on December 18, the Senate will begin his impeachment trial in January, which could potentially remove him from office. The idea as laid out in the Constitution is that the 100 senators would act impartially as unbiased jurors. (In theory.)

The Constitution anticipated potential conflicts of interest occurring during a Senate trial. The document specifies that the vice president — who is usually supposed to preside over the Senate — is replaced with the Supreme Court’s chief justice during an impeachment trial instead.

Currently, five U.S. senators are active Democratic presidential candidates: Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO)Cory Booker (D-NJ)Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA ...

Sponsor and status

Jason Smith

Sponsor. Representative for Missouri's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 5, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Dec 5, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on December 5, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


31 Cosponsors (31 Republicans)



Dec 5, 2019

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H.Res. 744 (116th) was a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 744. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This simple resolution was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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