On the cusp of the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, CCL President Robert S. Peck told Newsy.com that the vast majority of constitutional scholars and lawyers agree that there is no constitutional bar to trying a former president.

      In response to a question about some senators claiming the trial is unconstitutional, Peck pointed out that the Constitution gives the Senate exclusive responsibility for trying all impeachments -- and that this impeachment took place while the Trump was still president. He added that a Senate conviction also allows that body to punish him with a vote that Trump could not again hold federal office. Even if no conviction occurs, the trial would have an important role in the court of history, Peck added.